This comprehensive 11 page Guide is intended to provide a generic working-level view of the needs, issues, and processes around metadata collection and creation as it relates to research data.
For those needing information and advice about the RIF-CS metadata schema used for Research Data Australia, please see the RDA Content Providers Guide.
- What is metadata?
- Metadata for research data
- Why create metadata?
- Finding data
- Determining the value of data
- Accessing data
- Using and reusing data
- Levels of metadata
- Types of metadata
- The lingua franca of metadata
- Elements and schemas
- Content rules and controlled vocabularies
- Cross-walking different metadata schemas
- Developing your metadata schema
- Plan from the user’s perspective
- Finding and choosing a metadata schema
- Adopt, adapt, or invent/create your schema?
- Collecting and storing Metadata
- Collecting metadata
- Linking metadata and data
- Metadata within the data file
- Metadata as a separate file(s)
- Spreadsheets and databases
- Specialised metadata and data stores