Metadata provides a description of an item and improves discoverability. Metadata helps to ensure teachers and students can find relevant digital resources via educational concepts. Quality metadata allows educators to organise digital resources into useful categories. It also allows resources to be easily identified in content management systems and education portals.
Accurate metadata increases the likelihood that relevant digital content will be discovered and used by teachers and students.
The principles for quality metadata are:
- it conforms to vocabularies and standards in a way that is appropriate to the materials in the content collection, the users of the collection, and current and potential future uses of the collection items
- it supports interoperability, facilitating distribution of information to many different systems, for example, jurisdiction repositories and portals
- it applies authority control and content standards to describe items and collate related digital objects in a collection
- it supports the long-term curation and preservation of digital collections.