Free Book: Introduction to Metadata

Free Book: Introduction to Metadata

This revised edition of Introduction to Metadata, first published in 1998 and updated in an online version in 2000, provides an overview of metadata—its types, roles, and characteristics; a discussion of metadata as it relates to Web resources; a description of methods, tools, standards, and protocols for publishing and disseminating digital collections; and a handy glossary.


Metadata provides a means of indexing, accessing, preserving, and discovering digital resources. The volume of digital information available over electronic networks has created a pressing need for standards that assist in locating, retrieving, and managing this vast and complex universe.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Setting the Stage
  • Metadata and the Web
  • Crosswalks, Metadata Harvesting, Federated Searching, Metasearching
  • Rights Metadata Made Simple
  • Practical Principles for Metadata Creation and Maintenance
  • Glossary

Book Details

Author(s): Tony Gill, Anne J. Gilliland, Maureen Whalen, and Mary S. Woodley
Format(s): PDF, HTML
Number of pages: 96
Link: Download or read online.

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