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Metadata: Information about aspects of an oral history interview. It is essential for the curating, discovery, and management of a collection or interview. In an oral history context, “descriptive metadata” refers to information about the interview or the topic discussed. “Technical metadata” refers to the technical information that makes up the digital data file containing the interview, such as file type, codec, file size, resolution. “Administrative metadata” refers to information related to issues such as rights management. “Structural metadata” refers to how individual parts relate to a whole. For example, an interview that spans multiple data files must be linked together in an archival system. Additionally, structural metadata facilitates the association of derivative representations of an interview such as transcripts with the correct audio or video files. Metadata should be managed in a system that facilitates access and is interoperable with other systems when future migration of the metadata is necessary. Several standards and schemas have been adopted and deployed by the oral history community including Dublin Core, PBCore, MARC, METS, MODS, PREMIS, and EAD. [ Archive Glossary ]


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