administrative metadata [English]

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InterPARES Definition

n. ~ Information used to manage a resource.

General Notes

Administrative metadata generally includes aspects of archival management, although some elements overlap descriptive and structural metadata. Administrative metadata may also include technical details relating to rendering and preserving the resource, ownership, and rights.


  • Riley 2017 (†890 p. 6): Administrative metadata is an umbrella term referring to the information needed to manage a resource or that relates to its creation. Within the administrative metadata sphere is technical metadata, information about digital files necessary to decode and render them, such as file type; preservation metadata supporting the long-term management and future migration or emulation of digital files, for example, a checksum or hash; and rights metadata, such as a Creative Commons license, which details the intellectual property rights attached to the content (†2682)