What is Metadata?

Metadata is information about an item such as a title, its creator/author, when the item was created, etc. This information is important as it records where the original item is from and gives a sense of its history, and it also makes it so that people can search for it in our online database.

As part of the digitization process, basic metadata information is also recorded. The way that our database works, we are able to upload the digital surrogate and its information together through the use of a shared filename.

To get started, read our metadata template instructions and download our metadata template. How full the metadata sheet is will depend on how much information about the item is available.