INF425 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, evaluated and applied to optimise intellectual access. Students also consider issues around metadata sharing, metadata quality and the future of metadata creation.


Session 1 (30)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF425. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subjects INF116 or INF209

Subject Relationships

INF209 Paired Subject
INF116 It has content overlap.

Incompatible Subjects

INF116, INF209

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;
  • be able to develop metadata element sets through designing, evaluating and modifying metadata elements according to local needs; and
  • be able to evaluate different issues in the application of metadata standards in different contexts.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF425 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Lrm test
Creating metadata
Developing an application profile

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.