Metadata is "data about other data;" in the iTunes U context, metadata is simply information about your file. Adding metadata gives your audience an indication of what the recording is about, who made it, and when it was recorded. Add metadata to your files using iTunes, after you finish creating the file.
- To add metadata, open your file using iTunes. If iTunes is not your default audio/video player, you may need to open iTunes first, then open the file from within iTunes. In iTunes, select File > Add File to Library..., then browse to your file.
- With your file selected, choose File > Get Info.
- When the 'Summary' window pops up, click on the 'Info' tab at the top of this window. You should now see editable fields, where you can input your file's information.
Not every field is necessary; they may not appear to apply to your file at all. You can still use them to brand the recording as your own. If your file doesn't come from a specific album, you can enter the name of your department into this space, to categorize & affiliate the recording with your organization. You should fill out at least the 3 following fields, which will be visible in your iTunes U page's list of files:
For More Information
- National Information Standard Organization's Guide to Understanding Metadata (.pdf)
- J. Brian Burton's Guide to Adding Album Art to Metadata
- iTunes U's Guide to Creating Content (.pdf)