descriptive metadata [English]

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InterPARES Definition

n. ~ Information that represents the content and context of a resource that can be used to support understanding and discovery.

General Notes

Descriptive metadata often includes information about a resource's creator, its title and other identifiers, abstract or description of the content, keywords, date, form and genre, and other aspects that may help a user determine if it is relevant to their queries.


  • Riley 2017 (†890 p. 6): Information about the content of a resource that aids in finding or understanding it is referred to as descriptive metadata. (†2681)