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Research data management

What is the best Metadata for my data?

There is no one size fits all for metadata.  

There are two main systems for metadata description (schemas) - specialised and generalised. 

  • Specialised schemas require more time and expertise, but results in a much better description of the data. If your data matches a developed schema, the use of that schema will result in the best metadata for your data.
  • Generalised schemas require limited time and expertise, but the description may be inadequate. They include what are considered the essential elements to describe any data

Metadata Schema Used at the ANU

Example Metadata Schema

Sample Dublin Core metadata for an image

Below is an example of Dublin Core metadata for this photograph of Howard Walter Florey. Generic examples for the Dublin Core metadata schema are available from the Dublin Core website.

 Howard Walter Florey

  • Title = Howard Walter Florey
  • Author/Creator = Not known
  • Subject and Keywords = The Australian National University photographs
  • Subject and Keywords = Nobel Laureates
  • Description = This photograph was taken at the 1948 Easter Conference, which considered the early planning of the Australian National University, at the Institute of Anatomy building. A keen amateur photographer, Florey carries his camera over his shoulder.
  • Publisher = The Australian National University Digital Collections
  • Date = 1948
  • Type = image
  • Format = image/tif
  • Resource identifier =
  • Resource identifier = ANUA225-405-3
  • Source = ANU Archives
  • Rights = This image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University

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