Using Dublin Core Metadata on

Using Dublin Core Metadata on

A major part of digital preservation and the access of digital materials online is metadata. Metadata about files and archives provides the context of the photograph, document, video, or other file and tells the story behind the file. It also allows other people to discover new materials by providing information that can be searched for.

There are many different ways to add metadata to your digital materials, but the Dublin Core metadata standard is a widespread and commonly accepted standard that outlines the different categories of metadata fields that should be used to describe digital materials. It is commonly used among libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations.  

To learn more about Dublin Core, please visit the Dublin Core Metadata Innovation website here

Current Dublin Core Support currently allows for any metadata standard to be used, including Dublin Core, through the key:value tagging system (learn more here). The following chart shows the crosswalk between Dublin Core elements and Permanent metadata fields, using the key:value tagging system. Other Dublin Core terms can be used through the key:value tag system as well. 

Dublin Core Element
Permanent Metadata Field
Contributor:[value] tag
Coverage:[value] tag
Creator:[value] tag
Format:[value] tag
Identifier:[value] tag
Language:[value] tag
Publisher:[value] tag
Relation:[value] tag
Rights:[value] tag
Source:[value] tag
Subject:[value] tag

Upcoming Dublin Core Support will soon make it easier to use Dublin Core metadata for your materials by adding all Dublin Core elements and select Dublin Core terms as fields in the metadata editor. The following Dublin Core elements and terms will be supported:

Dublin Core Field
Element: Contributor
Element: Coverage
Element: Creator
Element: Date
Element: Date
Element: Description
Element: Format
Element: Identifier
Element: Language
Element: Publisher
Element: Relation
Element: Rights
Element: Source
Element: Subject
Element: Title
Element: Type
Term: Medium
Term: Extent
Term: Provenance

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