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Describing Your Files


Descriptions of your files, also known as metadata, help to provide context and interpretation to your content.

There are different levels of metadata that you can provide

  • File-level descriptive metadata
  • Collection or research study level descriptive metadata
  • Administrative metadata
  • Technical metadata


Describing your data effectively is a really important step in making sure that your files can be managed, can be retrieved, can be shared and can be understood by others in the research community.

Fundamentally, the more metadata captured, the better chance researchers of the future will be able to locate and make use of your data.


Click on the links below to find out more...



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File-Level Descriptive Metadata Collection/Study Level Metadata Administrative Metadata

Technical Metadata