Help Glossary Metadata

Metadata is data that provides information about the archival documents, such as date, creator, location, preservation needs, copyright, and so on. Metadata are created both manually and automatically; it can be what was usually registered in a finding aid (e.g. date, creator, location), but it can also be much more than that including very detailed subject descriptions spread out over categories that describe anything from content to material, preservation needs, or copyrights.