INF209 Metadata for Resource Discovery (8)


This subject examines the role that metadata plays in information retrieval across a range of information environments and search contexts. It focuses on the concepts and principles involved in describing information resources, and discusses how metadata element sets and value vocabularies should be designed and applied to optimise intellectual access. Students also consider issues around metadata sharing and the future of metadata creation.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF209
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF425 or INF116
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
INF116 INF425 INF425 Paired Subject
INF116 It has content overlap.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the central role of accurate description and analysis of information resources in successful information retrieval;
  • be able to relate different users' needs with the description of information resources and the information retrieval systems that serve these needs;
  • be able to create accurate metadata for effective retrieval of information resources in online information environments;
  • be able to apply selected metadata standards and schema to the creation of metadata for a wide range of information resources; and
  • be able to analyse and discuss different issues in the application of metadata standards in different contexts.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Information resources' attributes
  • Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)
  • Metadata
  • Metadata standards and schemas
  • Metadata sharing and metadata quality
  • Vocabularies
  • Tools and systems of information retrieval


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.