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The UCF Libraries provides services to help you to manage your data and project information before you begin your research and throughout the research life cycle.

About Metadata

Metadata is data about data, data associated with an object, a document, or a dataset for purposes of description, administration, technical functionality and preservation.

There are three important aspects about metadata: framework, encoding and content. Framework is the general structure of the documents, encoding refers to syntactic scheme to write down the content, and content is specific information conveyed by the metadata.

There are three main types of metadata: descriptive, structural and administrative metadata. Please refer to Metadata Introduction in the library’s Metadata LibGuide for details.

General Metadata Standards can meet your basic needs and at the same time allow greater interoperability for data harvesting and sharing due to their generic nature. Domain Metadata Standards are designed for different disciplines and allow more granular presentations of your data. You can choose a general or specific metadata standard to document, archive and preserve your data based on your needs, your discipline and the funder requirements. In either case, local fields can be added to address your unique needs.

Metadata Services

We can provide consultation on…

We Can Assist with…

  • Creating, generating, editing and enriching metadata for your publications, images and datasets deposited in the library’s content management systems(CONTENTdm, Islandora, SobekCM, and Digital Commons).
  • Authority control for certain fields in your datasets to facilitate data indexing and retrieval and data sharing and access.
  • Enhancing metadata for your online journal hosting.

Choose Your Content Management System

What system best suites your needs?

System Types of Content Supported Schemas
CONTENTdm images, manuscripts, university archival materials and other digital collections (Check out collections at: UCF Digital Collections) Qualified Dublin Core, Visual Resources Association (VRA) Core element and Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and also accepts locally defined elements
Islandora local history & culture heritage materials for archives & special collections (UCF Digital Collections @ Islandora) Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), MarcXML, and Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)
SobekCM Special Collection materials such as the Digital Library of Caribbean Dublin Core, MODS, MarcXML, and METS

More information on these systems can be found in Content Management Systems – Open Access Hosting.

Each of these systems support Dublin Core, the most widely used metadata standard for web and digital resources, which allows greater interoperability. Subject specific and local information fields can be mapped to certain fields in a schema that the system supports, if applicable.

If a researcher prefers datasets to be stored in a domain-specific repository, the library can assist in identifying data repositories to store your data. A list of data repositories can be found at re3data, a global registry of research data repositories.

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Contact Sai Deng for information and help with Metadata.

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