What is metadata? Metadata is the information, or documentation, about the data that makes it usable. Minimal metadata should include title, owner, geographic coverage, taxonomies, dates, units of measurement, and methodology of collection. Metadata is very specific and essential to being able to find and re-use data. Many repositories subscribe to specific metadata schema. Click on the image below to explore the complexity and variability of metadata standards. If you are unsure of how to document your data, contact Amanda Rinehart (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Riley, Jenn. (2010). Seeing standards: a visualization of the Metadata Universe. Indiana University Libraries, Retrieved from http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~jenlrile/metadatamap/
Metadata standards specific to research areas.