What is Metadata?
Metadata is literally "data about data". It provides important information about content and context for the description and categorization of digital objects. Metadata can also provide a key link between digital objects and education, transforming appropriately tagged content from simple digital objects to learning objects.
There are many different schema within the realm of information categorization. The Digicenter uses Dublin Core, a very commonly used schema created by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative as the basis for it's metadata.
Standardized metadata facilitates browsing collections by categories, and accurate and complete metadata improves the precision of searching. However, finite time and resources can sometimes make it necessary to accept a minimal level of metadata. In order to promote the best balance of implementation timelines and collection usability, we have developed the following minimal standards for metadata to be used in the Digicenter's collections. In addition to the following list of fields, we may also encourage you to work with us to create richer, more functional metadata.
Minimal Digicenter Metadata Elements
Information Furnished by the Digicenter*
- Identifier: The file name of the digital object (including file extension)
- Date.Digital: The date that the object became digital
- Contributor: The entity responsible for making contributions to the collection (e.g., Furman University)
- Type: The nature of the digital object (e.g., MovingImage, Sound, StillImage, Text, etc.)
- Format.Digital: The digital format of the object
- Format.Original: The original format of the digital object (e.g., slide, photograph, book)
- Language: The language of the digital object (if text)
- Rights: Copyright information about the digital object
Information Provided by the Contributor
- Title: The name by which the digital object will be known
- Creator: The entity who created the content of the digital object
- Description: A textual description of the digital object
- Location: Where the original objects resides (if physical) or where the digital object was created (e.g., where a photo or video was taken)
- Date.Original: The date the original object came into existence (e.g., for a photograph or slide, the date that the original image was taken)
* We will make every effort to provide as much metadata as possible. However, the creation of some metadata may require additional information from the contributor of the materials.