What Makes A Good Tag?

There are No ‘Wrong’ Tags – Are There? Although from the theoretical viewpoint there are no ‘wrong’ tags, in practice care needs to be taken when creating tags. So here are a few tips. Tags are Single Words Each tag takes the form of a single word. This is fine if the idea you want [...]

An Introduction to Tags and Tagging

What is a Tag? Wikipedia defines a tag as “a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information (such as an internet bookmark, digital image, or computer file)” [1]. Tags, which are a form of metadata, allow resources to be more easier found. Background In the pre-Internet era, library catalogues used keywords to [...]

Metadata – Fit for Purpose

About This Document This briefing document describes the issues to be considered when choosing and using metadata. Why Use Metadata? Metadata cannot solve all your resource management and discovery problems but it can play an important part in the solutions. Since time and effort is needed if metadata is to be used effectively, it is [...]

Quality Assurance For Metadata

Introduction Once you have decided to make use of metadata in your project, you then need to agree on the functionality to be provided, the metadata standards to be used and the architecture for managing and deploying your metadata. However this is not the end of the matter. You will also need to ensure that [...]

An Introduction To Dublin Core

About This Document This briefing document provides an introduction to Dublin Core metadata What Is Dublin Core Metadata? Identifying metadata elements in a standard way enables metadata to be processed in a consistent manner by computer software. The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set is a standard for cross-domain information resource description. It is widely used [...]

An Introduction To Metadata

About This Document This briefing document provides an introduction to metadata. What Is Metadata? Metadata is sometimes defined literally as ‘data about data’. More usefully, the term is understood to mean structured data about resources. The fact that the data is structured – broken down into very specific pieces – enables a range of automated [...]