Metadata is information that describes a podcast's content and
Metadata and UB on iTunes U
The original iTunes application was created to play music and
videos; the terminology is used differently when applied to the
academic world. Below you will find an explanation of the way the
university uses iTunes' naming conventions. It is important to
follow these guidelines in order to maintain consistency and to add
value to your digital materials.
The Upload and Manage Files link on the Album page will
allow updating of the Name and Artist metadata fields. Other
metadata information should be added during file creation. Software
used to develop media usually offers fields to enter metadata.
Users can adjust the settings inside the iTunes application to
A track is a single file that contains one session's worth of
information. The Name of a track should uniquely identify that
track, and provide some insight as to the content.
<a descriptive topical name>, <part # if multiple
parts>, <date: mm/dd/yyyy>
- The Difference Between Causation and Correlation, Part 1,
- UB Bulls vs. Central Florida, 10/31/2008
The Artist is the person who is primarily responsible for the
information in the file. For an academic course, the instructor
should be listed as the Artist. For other content, the department
or the primary content contributor should be listed.
<originator of content, title if applicable>
- Dr. Edward Cullen, Associate Professor
- UB Athletics
Album Artist (Guest Speaker)
The Album Artist field should be used to note any guest speakers
or one-time contributors to the content.
<guest lecturer, guest speaker>
An Album represents a collection of tracks with a unifying
theme. An Album should be named in a way that uniquely identifies
its content. For academic courses, the Album is created and named
by the system. The Album name is applied to the Album metadata
field when a track is downloaded, but the Album field should still
be filled out to make online content searchable and appear
Users can subscribe to podcasts on the Album or Tab level, so if
you have several albums or tabs with only a few files each,
Grouping contains extra data that can be used to organize
content by theme. Groupings can be used to collect files from many
albums in different areas, building a multi-disciplinary collection
of content organized around the same theme.
- Public misconceptions of research data
- UB Bulls winning games
Genre (University Name)
All tracks should list "University at Buffalo" as the Genre.
This will help UB content remain UB-branded and findable. The
system should automatically add this data when the file is
Allows the user to add more information regarding the content of
- Sortable date: ex. 2009-02-10
- Short description of the content
The year the file was recorded.
Use this field for transcriptions or long descriptions of the