In general, metadata is structured information about information. It describes content, origin, format and other key characteristics of data and is used for information management and retrieval. Just as having specific search fields in a database aids the effectiveness of a search for author, title, and subject, so IGI (Illinois Government Information) and EDI (Electronic Document Initiative) aid the online searcher by using metadata that is especially created for government publications so metadata aids web searches.
Using the Metadata Generator requires a login and password assigned by the Illinois State Library. Any Illinois government employee who needs a login should email Cherryl Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Feedback link from Find-It! Illinois page
You can use the metadata generator to create metadata for any type of online publication. The metadata generator then leads you through the steps required to deposit your document in the EDI (Electronic Documents Initiative) Depository. The metadata you created can improve access to documents in mark-up languages (HTML, XML) while theyre online, not just in the depository. These instructions apply to publications written in HTML or another markup language. show you how to add the metadata created in the metadata generator to a mark-up language document.
Further documentation on the Metadata Generator is available at Using the Metadata Generator.
If you have just created a metadata record you are on a screen displaying your new record as a table:
If you created the metadata record earlier begin at the main menu: