Good metadata is key for research data access, discovery, and re-use. Metadata describes and provides information about your data. Data can be an image file, video, website, text document, database, spreadsheet, or other type of resource. Metadata provides information such as when data was created, by whom, what software was used to create it, what it is about, and how it is encoded. Metadata helps you and others understand data so it can be accessed, found, understood, and preserved over time. For many kinds of data, standard schema exist that facilitate data description and sharing. RDM Consultants are familiar with many of the metadata standards and have access to an extensive network to help you with your metadata needs.
- Research Data Management: A Primer - This primer covers the basics of research data management, with the goal of helping researchers with planning, documenting, and preserving data to promote reproducible and transparent research data (NISO Press, 2015).
- Understanding Metadata - A general introduction to the purpose and function of metadata, specifically in libraries (NISO Press, 2004).
- Disciplinary Metadata - This Digital Curation Centre page provides links to information about disciplinary metadata standards, including profiles, tools to implement the standards, and use cases of data repositories currently implementing them.
- RDA Metadata Directory - A list of metadata standards by discipline maintained by the Research Data Alliance Metadata Standards Directory Working Group.