Metadata refers to the standards used to describe the content, technical characteristics, as well as access and rights management of a media object.
A Metadata Subcommittee has been formed through the Remote Indigenous Archiving Reference Group to determine the set of descriptors that:
- Are most appropriate to the needs of remote Indigenous archive organisations.
- Align with wider standards for describing/cataloguing media objects so as to provide the foundation for sharing data sets between organisations.
It is proposed that an IRCA Metadata profile be developed by December 2015, based on extended Dublin Core.
An initial metadata specification has been recommended for:
- Moving image
- Still image
The recommendations are being reviewed and it is expected that the metadata profiles for each of the media types as above will be available by end of March 2015.
Subject and language authorities
The AIATSIS Language and Subject Headings Thesauri are recommended as the “authorities” for subject and language metadata fields. Authorities are available at http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/thesaurus/subject/subject.asp for subject thesaurus and at http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/thesaurus/language/language.asp for languages.
Note: In relation to languages only the text naming is recommended; remote AV collections may choose to use the other codings as needed.
Place name authorities
The Australian Gazeteer is recommended as the authority for place names. http://www.ga.gov.au/place-names/ , with dual naming for language names and European names.
At the local Archive level archive organisations are recommended to develop and maintain a register of local language place names mapped to European place names. The AIATSIS Place Name Thesaurus is a useful supportl for spelling support for language place names. See http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/thesaurus/placename/placename.asp
Other local authorities
Local collections are strongly encouraged to develop their own authorities (that is lists of agreed names or values and agreed spellings) for:
- Restricted content (sorry, sensitive, restricted, open, etc)
- Skin names and culturally relevant naming/categories relevant to access protocols.
- Place names in language (as noted above)