Why is metadata important?
- Digital objects are technology dependent, so the means to access and use digital objects must be documented over time.
- Digital objects are mutable, so any changes impacting look, feel, and functionality must be documented and validated.
- Digital objects are bound by intellectual property rights, so care must be taken to document permissions and restrictions that could potentially impact preservation activities and access policies.
- Archiving practice has long recognized the importance of maintaining careful records of the preservation process. In the case of digital materials, the need for metadata to support preservation is not only indicated, but amplified.