Metadata guidance

Open Research

The University of Aberdeen is committed to open research, ensuring there are no barriers to sharing knowledge.

Metadata guidance

Metadata should be an easily understood description of your data. Find out more about what metadata are.

There are many subject specific metadata standards with their own guidelines. The Digital Curation Centre offers further guidance about disciplinary metadata standards.

Readme files are useful for information that does not fit a standard format. It can be entered as free text. Find our more about Readme files and how to create them.

Electronic Research Notebooks (ERNs) can be a helpful researcher tool. They can help record processes making metadata for files easier to create.