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You can add metadata at any of the following levels:
Metadata for each collection level is managed under the collection's "Metadata" tab. There are no required fields, but we encourage you to provide a "Description" so that we may display it on your collection's public page. Selecting "Collection Topics" is optional and used to assist with browsing across collections on the public site. From this tab you can also upload an image to represent your collection on the public site. Please note it can take 15-20 minutes for any new metadata or changes to metadata to appear on the public site.
To manage the metadata for any individual seed in a collection, select it from that collection's "Seeds" tab and then navigate to the seed's "Metadata" tab.
You can also manage metadata associated with any specific document (anything with a unique URL). More information on document level metadata can be found here: How to add and edit metadata at the document level.
The Dublin Core Metadata Set, version 1.1 is the format used in the Archive-It application, and is a widely used format for describing and cataloging digital materials. At all cataloging levels described above, we provide the 15 standard Dublin Core elements.
Metadata for all three different levels (collection, seed, and document) is added using similar interfaces: just type the value that you want to add into the text box next to the relevant field name and click "Add".
Customized metadata fields can be added at the collection, seed, or document level. You will find an area for adding customized metadata below the standard Dublin Core Element set.
Enter the title of your custom metadata field into the box on the left, titled "Field Name," and enter the corresponding metadata into the box on the right titled "Value". Click the "Add Custom Field" button to add the field. Note that these fields can be removed, but not edited.
Upload and download metadata
Metadata will be displayed and hyperlinked for browsing on public collection pages hosted at Archive-It.org. Please bear in mind that when you create a title and description for your collections and seeds, that these can be browsed and used by a public audience. This means that the titles and descriptions should be written with public display in mind. (You'll want your audience to quickly and accurately ascertain the emphasis of your collection).
It is possible define specific metadata fields as private so that they will not display on the public site. If you are the administrator of your account, you can do this in the Administration section of the web application, under the Account Settings tab. List the fields you would like to define as private.