Metadata Collections & QA

Using metatags

Metatags defined

Metatags are HTML tags that look like <META NAME="" CONTENT="">. Metatags are used to embed additional information into HTML documents. When accessing a web page, metatag content is not displayed but users can see metatag information if they view the "HTML source" on a page. Metatags are found within the HEAD tag set in HTML code (see below).

Benefits of using metatags

If resource creators use metatags, several benefits are gained:

  1. When your resource is cataloged by you or someone else, catalogers can read your metatags in order to complete metadata fields in cataloging tools.
  2. Search engines may use them to index your document, thus boosting your document's ranking in search engine results. (NOTE: Search engines are not using metatag information as often as they once did).


Using metatags for DLESE required metadata

For those search engines that index over metatags, they generally look for standard metatags like description and keywords. Search engines often limit the description to 20 words or less and encourage keywords that repeat words already in the description tag. However, required metadata for DLESE is more extensive. For example, DLESE metadata allows for a longer description and also requires that keywords be words that do *not* appear in the description.

Thus, if you would like DLESE to be able to automatically catalog your resource using metatags, we suggest using some DLESE-specific metatags. An example for the description is "dlese_description".

Metatags with DLESE-specific metatags

What follows is a list of metatags that match the required DLESE metadata framework. Placing these tags in your HTML documents may facilitate cataloging, especially if this information cannot be prominently displayed in the resource. However, if you wish to make DLESE aware of your resource more quickly, use the DLESE Suggest a Resource entry form.

If you need help in completing the metatags for DLESE required metadata, we suggest that you read the best practices for completing each field. For more information on metatags, see How to Use Metatags from

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<TITLE>The Title of Your Resource</TITLE> Title best practice link

<META NAME="description" CONTENT="short description for search engine, 20 words or less">

<META NAME="dlese_description" CONTENT="resource description, 2048 character max"> Description best practice link

<META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="single words, lower case unless proper name, separated by commas, words NOT in the dlese_description tag">

<META NAME="topic" CONTENT="subject area(s) from controlled vocabulary">

<META NAME="creator" CONTENT="name of resource creator"> Creator best practice link

<META NAME="organization" CONTENT="organizational affiliation of creator">

<META NAME="contactinfo" CONTENT="address, phone, email of creator">

<META NAME="resource_type" CONTENT="type of learning resource from controlled vocabulary">

<META NAME="audience" CONTENT="grade level(s) for whom resource was designed"> Audience best practice link

<META NAME="format" CONTENT="MIME types of the resource">

<META NAME="techrequirements" CONTENT="any special technical needs, plug-ins, operating system, browser versions"> Technical best practice link

<META NAME="cost" CONTENT="yes or no, is there a cost to use the materials"> Cost best practice link

<META NAME="copyright" CONTENT="copyright information for the resource"> Copyright best practice link



Last updated: 9-17-01