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    Sean Kheraj

    What is metadata and why is it important for the digitization of historical documents?


    Metadata is the information that describes the data. Libraries were one of the first “platforms” that metadata applied, as digital technologies had emerged throughout the years, metadata became an essential tool in help users, researchers, and archivists to navigate down resources. There are three types of metadata, which are descriptive, structural and administrative. From the class visit to the Clara Thompson Archive and Special Collections, metadata can be the first impression that users will see, to try to state the metadata as close as to the historical records is critical, misstated metadata can cause confusions to researchers when accessing resources. Furthermore, it is also playing key roles in facilitating sharing data and reusing after each metadata.


    Meta data is data that describes information. It is heavily used by libraries and other research based institutions. It is vital during research and cataloguing for example to have correct metadata as historical study is based around being as accurate as possible. If not then the research is off and confuses people, this could lead to the misinformation being desemminated into popular discourse. Which is very difficult to change.


    Metadata is the information that is generated about the material being digitized, before it is actually digitally made available. As explained by Cohen and Rozsenzweig in their book, metadata can range in terms of descriptiveness. For a small scale digitization project, the metadata might be simple, or it would be quite extensive for larger scale projects. Typically the more extensive the data, the more detail about the document goes into the metadata such as the scanning process, resolution, more detail on the information of the content and administrative information surrounding rights and preservation. Metadata is also a way to categorize/catalogue material.


    Metadata refers to information about the document or image that is being digitized. Prior to the actual uploading of the document, the metadata must be created in order to have a proper categorized document. This process is very important for digitization because it allows the things that to been digitized to have an organized description of what the file actually is. When looking at digitization it is very important to have the metadata because some documents may be larger then others. This will allow the archivists to maintain order while scanning.

    Connor Pantaleo

    Metadata is the data within a document that allows computers to make sense and categorize it. I can consist of abstracts, key words and catalogue numbers. It is important to digital documents because it allows us to find them with search engines as well as understand the document without carefully viewing the information ourselves.

    Christina Sanita

    Metadata is essentially data about data. It can give us information such as when the document was digitized, the format in which it was digitized, size of the file, by who it was digitized and if it was edited, etc. This information is extremely important in organizing and cataloguing historical documents in large databases and can help us draw conclusions to any questions we many have pertaining to the document. Furthermore, I believe metadata is important for the digitization of historical documents because it can help us not only sort our data and keep organized while helping us to track changes to the document.


    Metadata is data that provides information on other data. This includes information such as the file’s size, format, author, date created, and date last edited. However it is not limited to this information, and can provide further information such as the specific version of the document, keywords, relation to other documents, etc.
    Meta data is so crucial as it provides a structural foundation for identification of historical documents. It also helps in the administrative tracking of documents, as well as it can help in creating statistical data on documents.

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