> This is a using-the-API question; not sure if it belongs in galaxy-dev or 
> galaxy-user !

galaxy-dev is best because it's dealing with the development of Galaxy.

> There seem to be two ways to retrieve metadata for a dataset, one in the 
> Histories API and one in the Datasets API. They return different information.
> ...
> I am also a bit confused by the existence of the two different methods in the 
> first place. Is it necessary for it to be this way, or are they just there 
> for historical reasons?

Historical reasons only; this should be fixed. Nuwan had a pull request along 
these lines that I've asked for modifications to before accepting:



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