The Role of Metadata in Digital Production Projects
Capturing robust metadata for digitization and electronic publishing projects plays an important role in the following:
- Helping visitors find their way through digital libraries.
- Descriptive metadata is information used to search the catalog
of digital objects. Information describing the subject matter
of objects, their creators and nature is captured to improve visitors'
ability to discover the resources they require.
- Managing the publication of content
- Operational metadata carries instructions for the organization
and presentation of digital objects, and their relation to other
resources. Technical information required to access and operate
objects is captured to ensure the smooth functioning of the electronic
- Archiving content
- Preservation metadata ensures the integrity and reuse of electronic
resources over time. Technical information is captured to secure
the validity of objects and to plan their migration through import/export
to long-term repositories and other content management systems
where they may be included in future digital objects and repositories.
- Managing access to the collections
- Rights metadata manages access to the objects. Information describing
the legal right to publish and view the objects is captured in
compliance with the U.S. and international copyright laws.
- Administering electronic publication projects
- Administrative metadata captures information related to the
effort required to prepare and publish electronic resources. Information
related to organizing workflow and communicating responsibilities,
objectives and schedules is captured to create an effective process
for sharing these resources with the world.