Meta tags and search engines
• The introduction of the <META>
element as part of HTML coding was,
in part, an attempt to encourage
search engines to extract and index
more structured data, such as
description and keywords
• Search engines are proprietary in processing
• Rough wind, that moanest loud
• Grief too sad for song;
• Wild wind, when sullen cloud
• Knells all the night long;
• Sad storm, whose tears are vain,
• Bare woods, whose branches strain,
• Deep caves and dreary main,
• - Wail, for the world's wrong!
Where is metadata stored?
• Embedded in a web page
• as a separate document
• in a database
How is metadata created?
– DC-dot - http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcdot/
– DCmeta -
– HotMeta -
• Ideally with a purpose-built tool
• Keep from-scratch creation to a minimum
• The IFLA Metadata Resources page
The most comprehensive guide to metadata resources
available on the World Wide Web.
• Meta tags can index, organize your Web pages
By Jeff Frentzen
• Making a MARC with Dublin Core
By Jon Knight in issue 8 of Ariadne.
• META Tagging for Search Engines
Describes the use of the <META> tag for specifying to
search engines how the document to be indexed.
• Web4Lib Electronic Discussion
An electronic discussion for library-based World-Wide
• Metadata Glossary
A draft metadata term maintained by Michael Day