Workbook on Digital Private Papers > Administrative and preservation metadata > Introduction


During the course of its lifecycle, a single digital archival object requires an extensive amount of associated metadata, so that it can be managed and preserved effectively by the repository, and understood and accessed by the researcher. There are three broad categories of metadata:

This chapter of the Workbook is primarly concerned with the metadata that must be recorded for administrative and preservation purposes, though it touches on descriptive metadata where this is relevant, and a single piece of metadata may, of course, fulfil several functions. The following metadata areas are introduced and their application to the context of hybrid or digital personal archives is explored: