Describing metadata is a balancing act that requires several areas of expertise. You must be a librarian, a journalist, an archivist, an SEO specialist, and even a lawyer, all at the same time.
We studied the requirements of these 5 professions and took inspiration from the famous 5Ws method used by journalists to come up with our 7 golden rules for describing metadata.
- Metadata should provide a dataset with context
- Metadata should make a dataset unique
- Metadata should provide the framework for subsequent uses of a dataset
- Metadata should make you want to reuse a dataset
- Metadata should offer reassurance regarding the reliability of a dataset
- Metadata should allow for a dataset to be found by search engines
- Metadata should ensure the longevity of a dataset
By following these 7 golden rules, your datasets will be discoverable, reusable, and interoperable. To make your metadata as pertinent as possible, we also offer general recommendations and best practices.