Librarians are available to show you how to create metadata for your research data, based on the requirements of the repository in which you are depositing the data.

Metadata, or data about data, allows other researchers to search and find your data set within an online repository. The metadata record for your dataset typically includes descriptive, structural, technical, and administrative details that will allow others to better understand what your data comprises, how to access and use it, and any rights restrictions that may apply.

Metadata standards provide a uniform set of fields in which to add information about your data, like Title, Creator, etc. Metadata cataloging guidelines explain how to input the information in a consistent way. Many metadata standards are available. Often, these standards are designed to meet the needs of specific disciplines or research communities. The Dublin Core, one of the best-known metadata standards, is very flexible and relatively simple to use across many disciplines. The Dublin Core is used for SMU Scholar, SMU's online repository for SMU-created research and data. 

Once you know which repository you will use to house your data, we can help you understand how to complete the metadata requirements.


The following resources provide additional information on metadata in general, as well as details on the Dublin Core and disciplinary-specific metadata standards.

Basic Approach to Metadata, Stanford Libraries

Documenting Data, DMP Tool

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Dublin Core Metadata Elements

Disciplinary Metadata, Digital Curation Centre

Disciplinary Metadata Standards, Digital Curation Centre


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