“Hands on with XML”
1. Start by creating a ‘simple’ metadata record in Dublin Core using the free Dublin Core Generator online tool. Provide some content for at least the first 5 of the 15 Dublin Core elements – you can either make up the metadata or reuse metadata from a record in Research Data Australia. Once you’ve created the metadata record:
- check all the output options
- display the output as XML and
- save it (the default is .txt file).
Free Dublin Core Generator is a nice “cheat”! I created a record for the following dataset:
2. Upload your saved file into this online XML editor noting the tree display on the right hand side. Spend a few moments checking out the features of this tool before manually editing your XML to change the author name, add a subject term and add a few other metadata elements.
Again, cool tool! A bit like Dreamweaver with the code editor on one side and display on the other. I’m filing this “Tutorial Points” website away for future reference when I learn to code, which I’ve been intending to do for a while.
3. Now download the edited file and save it. Does the edited XML appear as you expected?
More or less as I expected. It just displays the XML code – markup and content. Chrome makes a note that there’s no style information to display.
Share your thoughts on XML as a metadata tool.
Great. Dublin Core’s elements “talk” with the markup language so it works well.