Metadata Guide

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Choosing the right metadata

Discover our standard template composed of 20 metadata. These attributes are grouped into 6 categories according to the famous questioning method used by journalists: the 5W1H.

  • What is the dataset about?
  • Who created it?
  • Why does the dataset exist?
  • How can the dataset be used?
  • What is the dataset’s time frame?
  • What is the spatial coverage of the dataset?
Metadata Guide : choosing the right metadata

Hundreds of metadata attributes can be used to describe a single dataset. The purpose of this guide is not to describe them all, but to provide you with a compact list of essential attributes to help you share your data.


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