The Software Preservation Network endeavors to ensure that cultural memory institutions and related entities can find, share, and reuse software. We do this by identifying and sharing existing relevant standards with our community, and by developing best practices that encourage broad inclusion in the activities of software preservation. We also contribute to the metadata ecosystem for software through the work of our member organizations, affiliated projects, and the Metadata Working Group.

Working Group

The Metadata working group is responsible for developing, promoting and advocating for common metadata frameworks and related metadata standards, vocabularies, and ontologies that support software preservation and access. This working group will collect and analyze existing metadata standards, develop approaches for establishing a common metadata framework, suggest crosswalking strategies, and promote community awareness of complementary standards.

Coordinator: Elena Colón-Marrero, Computer History Museum

Members: Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University; Allen Kwan, Ontario Digital Service; Matthew McEniry, Texas Tech University; Patricia Falcoa, TATE

Past Members: Elizabeth Russey Roke, Emory University; Katherine Thornton, DataCurrent; Glynn Edwards, Stanford University; Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech; Dan Noonan, The Ohio State University; Tim Walsh, Canadian Center for Architecture; Lauren Work, University of Virginia

Current goals: 

  • Develop a list of metadata fields used or likely to be used in description of software
  • Develop guidelines for mandatory, recommended, and optional description
  • Publish a Software Metadata Recommended Format guide that organizes and presents this information

Related Resources & Products

EaaSI Metadata Model and Wikidata

This webinar, entitled “EaaSI Metadata Model and Wikidata,” addresses questions such as: How does your organization create, manage or discover metadata about software and related resources now? What would you like to be able to do with software metadata? Do …Continue EaaSI Metadata Model and Wikidata

Resources, Webinars

FCoP Software Metadata Template

FCoP, Templates,