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Introduction to Metadata   Tags: data, linked data, metadata, repository, resources, schema, semantic web  

Metadata is commonly described as “data about data”, but there's more. This LibGuide will introduce you to the world of metadata standards. Metadata standards are requirements intended to institute a common understanding of the data being examined.
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Metadata describes other data. It provides information about a certain item's content. For example, an image may include metadata that describes how large the picture is, the color depth, the image resolution, when the image was created, and other data. A text document's metadata may contain information about how long the document is, who the author is, when the document was written, and a short summary of the document.

After exploring this LibGuide the user should be able to:

  • Identify the different types of metadata, and articulate why metadata is important

  • Recognize major metadata standards and schemas, and understand basic discussions about metadata

  • Discover major applications and trends in metadata found in academic libraries

  • Determine key metadata-related skills useful for academic library jobs




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