Digital Humanities Research Institute: Binghamton 2019

Metadata for the Humanist

With Jennifer Embree

Session Overview

This session aims to introduce participants to the basics of metadata and metadata management. During the first half of the session, we will cover the basics of metadata, including what metadata is, why it is important, and how it is utilized in the field of digital humanities. In the second half of the session, we will concentrate on how to create, collect, and preserve metadata. Participants will also learn about the common metadata schema, Dublin Core, and use this schema to practice creating their own metadata during the session.

Links to Digital Humanities Projects

Endangered Languages Project:
Global Currents: Visual Hierarchy:
Cyark: Conservation Projects:
Early Caribbean Digital Archive:

Links to Metadata Schemas

Dublin Core DCMI Metadata Terms:
Dublin Core Metadata Element Set:

Additional Readings & Resources

  1. UNC Metadata for Data Management Tutorial:
  2. DataONE Education Modules, Lesson 7: Metadata Handout:
  3. Schöch, Christof. (2013). Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities. Journal of Digital Humanities, 2(3). Retrieved from

This page references: