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Add Metadata to an Item

How to Add Metadata to a Content Collection Item

  1. Navigate to the folder that contains the item to be edited.
  2. Select a type of metadata from the contextual menu for the item.
Types of Metadata
Field Description
General Metadata
Name Enter a name for the item. This name will not change the file name of the item.
Description Enter a description for the item.
Keywords List keywords associated with the item separated by commas.
Learning Objectives List learning objectives associated with the item separated by commas.

Custom Metadata

The Custom Metadata page allows users to enter attributes for an item. The attributes are defined by the institution.

IMS Metadata

The Manage IMS Metadata page allows users to enter attributes that correspond to the IMS Metadata standard. Additional information about the standard can be found at http://www.imsglobal.org.

IMS Metadata Descriptions
Field Description
IMS Metadata
Identifier A unique label for the item.
Catalog Type A library catalog type in which this item is catalogued.
Catalog Entry The catalog number for this specific item.
Language The language the language of the item.
Resource Type The type of resource, such as Exercise, Simulation, Questionnaire, Diagram, Figure, Graph, Index, Slide, Table, Narrative Text, Exam, Experiment, Problem Statement, Self Assessment
Educational Context The typical learning environment where use of the learning object is intended to take place. For example, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, University First Cycle, University Second Cycle, University Postgraduate, Technical School First Cycle, Technical School Second Cycle, Professional Formation, Continuous Formation, Vocational Training
Age Range The age range for the intended users.
Difficulty Indicate the level of difficulty of this item.
Free Resource Click the check box if this item is free. Leave it blank if it is not.
Restricted Use Click the check box this item is restricted. Leave it blank if it is not.

Full IMS Metadata

The Manage Full IMS Metadata page allows users to take advantage of all the fields available on the IMS Learning Resource Meta-Data Information Model. Additional information about the standard can be found at http://www.imsglobal.org.

Full IMS Metadata Descriptions
Field Description
General Metadata
General Identifier A unique label for the item.
General Title The title for the item.
General Catalog A library catalog type in which this item is catalogued.
General Entry The catalog number for this specific item.
General Language The language of the item.
General Description A general description for the item.
General Keyword The description of the item relative to its stated purpose.
General Coverage The historical context of the item.
General Structure The structure of the item.
General Aggregation Level The functional size of the resource. Select 1–4 from the drop-down list.
Lifecycle
Lifecycle Version The edition of the item.
Lifecycle Status The editorial condition of the item.
Lifecycle Role The kind of contribution.
Lifecycle Entity The individual entity or entities involved with the item. Examples include author, publisher, or university department.
Lifecycle Date Date of contribution in the lifecycle.
Metadata
Metadata Identifier A unique label for the meta-data.
Metadata Catalog The source of a following string value.
Metadata Entry A feature of the description rather than the resource.
Metadata Role The kind of contribution.
Metadata Entity The entity or entities involved, most relevant first.
Metadata Date Date of contribution.
Metadata Scheme The structure of the metadata, including version.
Metadata Language The language of the item.
Technical
Technical Format The technical data of the item. Examples include PDF, database file, or Word document.
Technical Size The size of the item in bytes. Only the digits 0–9 should be used. Note that the unit is bytes, not MB, GB, etc.
Technical Location The location of the item in the Content Collection.
Technical Type The type of requirement.
Technical Name The name of the required item.
Technical Minimum Version The lowest version of the required item.
Technical Maximum Version The highest version of the required item.
Technical Installation Remarks Description on how to install the item.
Technical Other Platform Requirements Any special need to access the item. An example is the Adobe Reader which is needed to access a PDF file.
Technical Duration The time a continuous item takes when played at intended speed, in seconds.
Educational
Educational Interactivity Type The type of interactivity supported by the item.
Educational Learning Resource Type The specific kind of resource, most dominant kind first.
Educational Interactivity Level The level of interactivity between an end user and the learning object.
Educational Semantic Density The subjective measure of the learning object's usefulness as compared to its size or duration.
Educational Intended User Role The type of user of the item. Examples include Instructor, Student, and librarian.
Educational Context The typical learning environment where use of the learning object is intended to take place. For example, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, University First Cycle, University Second Cycle, University Postgraduate, Technical School First Cycle, Technical School Second Cycle, Professional Formation, Continuous Formation, Vocational Training
Educational Typical Age Range The age range for the intended users.
Educational Difficulty Indicate the level of difficulty of this item.
Educational Typical Learning Time Approximate or typical time it takes to work with the resource.
Educational Description The comments on how the learning object is to be used.
Educational Language The natural language of the user.
Rights
Rights Cost Whether or not use of the item requires payment.
Rights Copyright and Other Restrictions Whether or not copyright or other restrictions apply.
Rights Description Comments on the conditions of use of the resource.
Relation
Relation Kind The nature of the relationship between the item being described and the one identified by Resource (7.2).
Relation Identifier The unique identifier of the other item.
Relation Description The features of the item in relation to other items in the Content Collection.
Relation Catalog The source of the following string value.
Relation Entry The actual value.
Annotation
Annotation Person The user who comments upon an item.
Annotation Date The date comments were made to an item.
Annotation Description Comments on the educational uses of the item.
Classification
Classification Purpose Description of a characteristic of the item by classification entries.
Classification Source The specific classification.
Classification Taxon The classification entry for the item; an ordered list of taxons create a taxon path.
Classification ID The Taxon's identifier in taxonomic system.
Classification Entry The Taxon's name or label (other than identifier).
Classification Description A textual description of learning object relative to its stated purpose.
Classification Keyword The keyword description of learning objective relative to its stated purpose.
Resource Type The type of resource, such as Exercise, Simulation, Questionnaire, Diagram, Figure, Graph, Index, Slide, Table, Narrative Text, Exam, Experiment, Problem Statement, Self Assessment

Dublin Core Metadata

Users can enter attributes that correspond to the Dublin Core Metadata standard. Additional information about the standard can be found at http://www.dublincore.org.

Dublin Core Metadata Descriptions
Field Description
Dublin Core Metadata
Title Enter a name for the item. This name will not change the file name of the item.
Creator Enter the person or organization that made the item.
Subject Enter the subject of the item.
Description Enter a description of the item.
Publisher Enter the name of the person or organization that published the item.
Contributor Enter the names of people who contributed to the item’s content.
Date Enter the date the item was created.
Type Enter the category or genre for this item.
Format Enter the media type or size and duration of the item. This may be used to identify the software or hardware needed to use the resource.
Identifier Enter a unique reference for this item, for example a number it is associated with in an identification system.
Source Enter the name of the resource from which this item comes.
Language Enter the language of the item.
Relation Enter a reference to a source that is related to this item.
Coverage Enter the location and date range of this item.
Rights Enter Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright information.

Dynamic Metadata

Instructors can add metadata to a Content Collection item while adding the item to a course. Instructors can overwrite that metadata or maintain a connection to the Content Collection so that metadata is upgraded in the course when it is updated in the Content Collection.

Dynamic Metadata Descriptions
Metadata Description
Check box Click the appropriate check box to select all of the available attributes for that metadata type.
Metadata Picker Click the plus sign to expand and select the appropriate metadata attributes. Click the minus sign icon to collapse the list.

Choose from the following options:

Metadata Attributes
Option Description
Values Click the Keep these values synchronized check box to maintain a dynamic link between the Content Collection and the course for the item.

If this option is not selected, then the metadata is only copied to the course. Any changes made to the item's metadata are not reflected in the course and vice versa.

Format Choose between a tabular or condensed format for the metadata. The Sample Format field displays how each option appears.