Metadata Overview for Archivists

Certificate Eligibility: 
Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes

What is metadata? Where does it come from? What does it look like? How do you choose the right schema? In this class, you’ll learn about the basics of descriptive, technical, structural, and administrative metadata. You’ll also see how metadata supports access and preservation in archives.

Learning Outcomes: 
Define basic concepts of metadata
Identify sources and types
Consider aspects regarding interoperability
Assess how much metadata is enough
Make good metadata choices at your local institution
Who Should Attend?: 

Archivists and others who want an understanding of basic metadata concepts or a refresher to ensure their assumptions are still valid

What You Should Already Know: 

No previous knowledge of metadata is necessary, although an understanding of archival description will be helpful

DAS Core Competency: 
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.
A&D Core Competency: 
3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
"Good flow, nice blend of technical and broader even strategic viewpoint. Nice introduction for the beginner like me. Good level of detail to go and do more original research."
"The review of the different types of metadata and the benefits of metadata were helpful. — Lori K. Atkins"
"Especially good for all of us in remote locations. Excellent way to help standardize the field, encourage dialogue, and promote best practices."
"Excellent opportunity to learn when travel is restricted by employer. Also excellent way to involve staff members who could use exposure to the information but are unwilling to lose a day way from work."