From Metadata to Environment Information


From Metadata to Environment Information

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Fabio Corubolo, Anna-Grit Eggers, PERICLES

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Access, Metadata extraction, Metadata processing, Search, Share, Standards and frameworks


Christine Sauter




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Extraction from a project deliverable, collated to explain different types or sources for metadata that might be relevant for preservation, access and re-use of digital objects.

Expected learning outcomes

Understanding different perspectives taken with regards to information on the digital object.

What is the target audience?

Professionals and prospective professionals in the field of data curation, repository management and digital preservation.

Producers/depositors of digital content.

Researchers exploring solutions for data management and digital preservation

Teachers/trainers in this field

Solution providers for organisations in demand of solutions for data / repository management and digital preservation

Level of advancement/ prerequisites

Basic understanding of metadata and cataloguing

Material chapters


Significant Properties (SP)

Contextual Metadata

Environment Information

Time required for completion

30 min reading

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