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ERIC Number: ED507747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 72
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Forum Guide to Metadata: The Meaning behind Education Data. NFES 2009-805
National Forum on Education Statistics
The purpose of this guide is to empower people to more effectively use data as information. To accomplish this, the publication explains what metadata are; why metadata are critical to the development of sound education data systems; what components comprise a metadata system; what value metadata bring to data management and use; and how to implement and use a metadata system in an education organization. The primary audiences for this guide include technology, program, policymaking, administrative, and data staff in state and local education agencies. However, it may also be useful to other education stakeholders, including anyone engaged in operations or decision making that depend on accurate, reliable, and timely information. Appended are: (1) Common Word Lists for Naming Metadata Elements; (2) The Tale of the "No Pass-No Play" Business Rule; (3) Metadata Standards and Registries; (4) Example of a Metadata Training Program; and (5) Additional Resources. (Individual chapters contain exhibits and notes.)
National Forum on Education Statistics. 1990 K Street NW Room 9095, Washington, DC 2006. Fax: 202-502-7475; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Support Staff; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Forum on Education Statistics (ED)
IES Funded: Yes
IES Cited: ED507747