Glossary of Terms and Definitions

Glossary Term: Metadata


information which is used to interpret the content in digital files, including:

  • descriptive metadata (what the item is, how to interpret it, who created and/or maintained it over time)
  • rights metadata (who owns the asset and has permission to modify it)
  • technological metadata (the technological environment that is required to make the digital asset readable or usable)
  • preservation metadata (describes what steps have been taken over time to ensure the digital asset remains complete, authentic, uncorrupted, and accessible)
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