Metadata Services

Metadata facilitates the discovery, delivery, and sharing of information resources by applying descriptive best practices in support of research and teaching.  Whether you are seeking to organize your personal collections or need to identify appropriate standards and tools for metadata entry, the Metadata Services team can help!  As you consider your metadata needs, we can help you determine how to best describe your resources according to intended use, level of description, strategies for discovery and more.  We offer consultations in the following areas:

  • Selecting appropriate metadata standards
  • Generating guidelines for metadata creation and entry
  • Understanding metadata workflow issues
  • Creating or leveraging existing metadata schema, data dictionaries and ontologies  
  • Determining technology needs and platforms based on metadata requirements
  • Modeling data with special emphasis on XML and RDF modeling and Linked Open Data


If you need help with metadata, please contact Julie Hardesty, Metadata Analyst. We also offer digital project planning consultation with special attention to metadata issues as part of the Scholars’ Commons Consulting Services. Visit our current consultation schedule for planning digital projects; no appointment is necessary, but encouraged!