Getty Library Introduction to Metadata

This is an extremely well-written guide to the fundamentals of metadata. Although written in the context of a digital library, it perceptively illustrates the more complex aspects of the topic in a way that is entirely consistent with oceanographic and environmental uses.


  • Introduction
  • Setting the Stage
  • Metadata and the Web
  • Crosswalks, Metadata Harvesting, Federated Searching, Metasearching
  • Rights Metadata Made Simple
  • Practical Principles for Metadata Creation and Maintenance
  • Glossary
  • Selected Bibliography

Also available as a PDF