To make your data discoverable and useful, it is import to provide context about the data by providing descriptive metadata such titles, authors, dates, description and further information about the data selected. You will need to use controlled fields and controlled vocabulary, when applicable. This will vary by discipline. To learn more about metadata, please see information below.
ICPSR 101: What are Metadata (and why are they so important)?
|Type of Data||Discipline/s||Standard|
|----||Social and Behavioral Sciences||Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)|
|----||Ecology||Ecological Metadata Language (EML)|
|Spatial||----||Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)/FGDC/ISO 19115|
|Biodiversity||Life Sciences||Darwin Core|
from the Digital Curation Centre.
For a complete listing view, Metadata Directory