Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

August 2007


Metadata is a relatively new word for a concept with an long history. This article takes a general look at metadata as a means of cataloging electronic resources. Various definitions and types of metadata are presented and interpreted. Terms related to metadata are illustrated and some major metadata projects such as Dublin Core are discussed. Finally, some problems of metadata development are mentioned.



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