The guide assumes no prior knowledge of metadata. It is an introductory guide to the various aims, objectives and concepts of metadata. It attempts to avoid the use of jargon and acronyms which can sometimes cloud discussion on metadata. Where it is appropriate, links are provided to further information or more detailed analysis of a given topic.
Links are provided throughout the guide to these documents at relevant places. It is anticipated that users new to metadata will use the guide sequentially as one topic often leads onto another. However readers who have a grasp of the basic fundamentals of metadata may wish to jump straight into a particular topic.