Metadata fundamentals for intranets and websites
James Robertson has written a simple and clear article on the use of metadata for intranets and websites.
Metadata is one of the key elements of site design and management, and is often a driving factor for the purchase of a content management system (or other similar publishing tools).
While metadata can be used in many complex and powerful ways, most sites benefit from keeping it pretty simple.
Only capture the metadata you need, and make it very simple for authors to enter it. Recognise that there is a cost (in effort and usability) for every metadata field established, and therefore focus efforts on clear business or site needs.
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