Administrative metadata

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Definition Administrative metadata is a type of Metadata the provides information to help manage a resource, such as when and how data was created, file type and other technical information, and who can access it.

Administrative metadata is related to the interaction or use of metadata within a specific system.

Explanation Changes in administrative metadata do not change the meaning of the metadata content describing data.

There are several subsets of administrative data. Representation described in a Representation Object is one. Two others that are sometimes listed as separate metadata types are:

Rights management metadata, which deals with intellectual property rights, and

− Preservation metadata, which contains information needed to archive and preserve a resource. (See also retention period)

Examples Examples include

- Acquisition information - Rights and reproduction tracking (e.g. a users URN) - Documentation of legal access requirements - Location information - Selection criteria for digitization - Version control and differentiation between similar information objects - Audit trails created by record keeping systems

References NISO. (2004) Understanding Metadata.

Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, p.1

Scope RDA Metadata WG
Status New