Metadata Collections & QA

Developing resources for digital libraries

If you are in the process of creating new web-based instructional materials, keep in mind that your resource may become accessible in a digital library. Since most digital libraries work with metadata (information about your resource), it is a good idea to embed essential metadata directly into the resource. This supports discovery and use of the resource.

Some of the basic metadata information to include is author information, copyright and use of the resource, any technical requirements, target grade levels, any educational standards that can be associated with the resource, the cost of the resource and a concise statement of purpose for the resource. If the object is an image, it is a good idea to include supporting text, if possible, that provides basic metadata information.

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Last updated: 1-22-04