Metadata  is  structured  information  that  describes,  explains, locates,  or  otherwise  makes  it easier to retrieve, use, or manage an information resource. Metadata is  often  called  data  about  data  or information about information. (National Information Standards Organization, 2004)

Related tags: Data Management

Courses tagged with "metadata": 3


This course introduces the concept, development, applications and evaluation of metadata. Through a combination of practical exercises, participants will critically examine metadata issues, standards, and best practices, and will evaluate the role of metadata in Ocean data management.


  • To introduce Marine Data Managers to the concept of metadata
  • To introduce metadata standards used to describe marine data
  • To highlight the importance of metadata for your organization
  • To provide practical experience in writing good metadata.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles, concepts and types of metadata
  • Explore various metadata standards
  • Understand different issues in the applications of metadata standards
  • Gain experience in applying selected metadata standards to the creation of   metadata records
  • Practical  experience in use of an open source catalogue application to manage metadata
  • Implement metadata decisions in ocean data project

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Category: 2016

Libraries traditionally have formed a preservation safety net for materials that will be transmitted to subsequent generations of information seekers and scholars. For paper-based documents, provision of adequate storage conditions was the best means to help ensure that materials would remain readable far into the future. With the advent of digital technology, many knowledge creators do their work on computers. Some of that knowledge may be printed on paper, but much of it, particularly databases, geographic information, scientific data sets, and Web sites, exists only in electronic form. At the same time, traditional forms of publications have changed significantly and, as a result, create new challenges. For example, publishers of electronic journals license their content to libraries, but libraries do not own that content and they may not have rights to capture digital content to preserve it. Who will preserve these materials?

Which organizations or systems will provide the needed preservation safety net for electronic materials?
What tools, technologies and standards are available to preserve information in digital format?
What are the best practices that can help us to address long-term digital archiving for a range of file formats and media types?

This course will examine these questions, as well as provide an introduction to the metadata needed for a digital environment, terminology, cross walking, harvesting, interoperability and metadata frequently used to describe digital collections. Practical hands-on exercises will be included. Through a combination of lecture, case studies and interactive sessions, students will learn about the long-term preservation requirements of digital assets.

The course will cover the following topics:

1. Retrieving data and metadata from of OBIS and WoRMS (web portal, web services, GIS)
2. Data Quality Control tools (OBIS Quality Control: LifeWatch QC tools and Name Matching Strategy)
3. Biogeographic and Biodiversity data and metadata standards
4. Retrieving data and metadata from AfrOBIS and AfReMAS: procedures, formats, upload data and metadata via AfrOBIS IPT
5. Open topics (based on needs assessment via application form)

Category: OBIS 2014