This website uses metadata standards and elements (information about information like a catalogue) from the commonly used Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an ‘open’ organisation engaged in the development of interoperable metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes.
Their standards are used worldwide. In recent years, a set of Māori Metadata Standards were formally registered as part of the Dublin Core metadata family. Ongoing development occurs from time to time and you can see the latest set published by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori language commission) here.
Our Community Research website uses the basic set of Māori metadata elements for all research and resources. Our members who send us research can see either Te Reo Rangatira or English metadata in the labels of the fields they complete when they upload their research.
Importantly, the development and use of Māori metadata standards helps to ensure that Matauranga Māori and Māori concepts do not get ‘lost in translation’. Māori metadata helps to ensure a good result for people searching for a particular Māori subject or concept. This is essential to a bi-cultural research resource for New Zealand.