What is Metadata?
Metadata is the information that you use to describe and document an electronic resource or item. Metadata will make your electronic objects searchable, easily located from a citation, and easily recognized and understood by you and others who might want to use them. Much like you would use an index in the back of a book to find a topic of interest, metadata provides an "index" of your information and greatly simplifies how you can search for what you need.
About Metadata Services at Archives and Special Collections:
Are you looking for help with metadata on a project? Contact us!
Our metadata philosophy is simple: capture metadata at the most robust level possible, in formats appropriate for the materials, and create views of that metadata for specific uses. We're committed to the creation of high-quality metadata that can be leveraged to provide high-quality services. This goal can be achieved through metadata/ archives experts working closely with content experts to understand the nature and use of collections.
Specifically our services include the following:
Consulting on metadata
- Review project requirements and make recommendations
- Analyze existing metadata and recommend transformation strategies
Development of metadata & schema
- Create or customize metadata schema for your collections
- Establish workflows for metadata creation or capture
Design of data models and access
- Create data models that foster seamless access, interoperability, and reuse
- Determine the types of access to your resources that best fit their ongoing support
Production of metadata
- Reformat metadata to meet the specifications of your project
- Modify information in your metadata to conform with standards or project guidelines
Do you need help? Contact Digital Resources Archivist and Records Manager, Jessika Drmacich, x4725