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Digital Collection Class Projects

This guide is designed to assist students with completing digital collection class projects.

What is Metadata?

Metadata is descriptive or contextual information which refers to or is associated with another object or resource. This usually takes the form of a structured set of elements which describe the information resource and assists in the identification, location and retrieval of it by users, while facilitating content and access management (DCC, 2007).

For digitized objects, metadata could be the item title, the creator of the object and other descriptive tags or subjects.

Dublin Core Metadata

At the University of Calgary, we typically recommend using Dublin Core elements to describe your digital objects. This is the standard used by Omeka. 

What is Dublin Core?

The Dublin Core Schema is a small set of vocabulary terms that can be used to describe web resources (video, images, web pages, etc.), as well as physical resources such as books or CDs, and objects like artworks.

Metadata Template for HTST 493

Omeka S uses resource templates to dictate what metadata elements you will use for particular assets. The file below presents information (with examples) you'll need to enter.