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Recent Changes to Metadata Practices in New York Heritage
The newest version of the Metadata Dictionary and Usage Guide is Version 6, which was published in November 2022. A complete list of the changes from the previous version can be found on the Change Report, starting on page 4 of the Dictionary. The most significant changes are listed below:
- Do not use tabs, HTML tags, or special characters that are not included in UTF-8 in your metadata. These elements will cause display errors. Information should be separated by semi-colons instead of tabs. (page 6)
- A section on Compound Objects that includes information on mandatory page-level metadata. (page 7)
- Although the Type field is now listed as optional (page 9), CDLC strongly recommends that contributors use this field to enhance future uses of the site.
- The controlled vocabulary should be added to the field name in Subject fields (e.g. Subject.LCSH, page 14). Most CDLC contributors are already doing this.
- Instructions for the Location field when the name of a location has changed over time. has been added. (pages 15-16)
- Digital Collection field should be no more than 100 characters. Avoid using initial articles (e.g. The, An, A) at the beginning of the field. (pages 32-33)
Metadata Dictionary and Usage Guide
Metadata Guide Appendix F for CDLC Participants
Metadata Worksheet Examples
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