Metadata Description

Types of metadata[1]

  • Describes a resource for purposes such as discovery and identification
  • Can include elements such as title, abstract, author, subject, and keywords
  • Indicates how compound objects are put together
  • Example:
    • Show relationships between digital object and page number of book
    • The first scanned page of a book is rarely marked as page # 1 of the book itself
Administrative and Technical
  • Provides information to help manage a resource such as:
    • when and how it was created, file type and other technical information, and who can access it
  • Subsets of administrative data:
    • Terms and Conditions – deals with intellectual property rights
    • Preservation Metadata – contains information needed to archive and preserve a resource



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