Metadata for Digital Objects


  1. Recognize the importance of metadata in the production, organization, recovery and preservation of digital objects;
  2. Characterize the universe of metadata languages, their objectives and types;
  3. Be able to use standards, design guidelines and apply techniques and other tools inherent in managing metadata;
  4. Understand the importance of metadata for interoperability between information systems.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paulo Jorge de Oliveira Leitão


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



Available soon


BACA, Murtha (2008) - Introduction to Metadata, 2ª ed. Los Angeles: Getty Publications.
LEI ZENG, Marcia; QIN, Jan (2008) – Metadata. London: Facet Publishing.
MALTA, Mariana Curado; BAPTISTA, Ana Alice (2013) - Me4DCAP V0.1: a Method for the Development of Dublin Core. Application Profiles. Disponível em:
Closs, S. et al. (Ed.) (2014) Metadata and semantic research 8th Research Conference, MTSR 2014, Karlsruhe, Germany, November 27-29, 2014. Proceedings. New York: Springer.
MILER, Stephen J. (2011) – Metadata for digital collections. London: Facet Publishing.
PARK, Jung-ran, ed. (2012) - Metadata Best Practices and Guidelines. NY: Routledge.
PETERS, Isabella (2009) - Folksonomies: indexing and retrieval in Web 2.0. Berlin: De Gruyter.
VAN HOOLAND, Seth; VERBORGH, Ruben (2014) – Linked data for libraries, archives and museums. London: Facet Publishing.

Teaching method

The seminar will be developed through presential classes and independent work by students. The face-to-face classes will have a theoretical-practical character, consisting of moments of theoretical exposition of the themes, practical exercises, oral presentations and debates participated by the students. Students should read the material that is suggested before each class. The autonomous work of the students must complement and deepen the knowledge transmitted in the classroom, promoting autonomous learning by the students.

Evaluation method

Attendance and Participation(10%), Group work (oral presentation)(15%), Group work (written presentation)(45%), Individual text commentary(30%)

Subject matter

  1. Meta-information and its relevance in the universe of digital information: producers, contexts, uses;
  2. The universe of metadata languages: origin, types and objectives;
  3. Descriptive metadata: Dublin Core, MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema), EAD (Encoded Archival Description), VRA Core, Schemas;
  4. Technical and structural metadata. Metadata for preservation;
  5. Selection and management of metadata languages. Application profiles;
  6. Metadata and interoperability between. information systems. The OAI-PMH approach;
  7. RDF (Resource Description Framework);
  8. Folksonomias;
  9. Metadata and semantic web.


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