Fixed list metadata

Fixed List metadata is entered into fields where users choose from a prescribed set of options, different from a free text field type where the user is able to enter any value they wish. These fixed list type fields can appear as one of the following:

  • Drop Down List (Select one from a list of drop down options)
  • Checkboxes (Select Multiple by ticking the boxes in a fully displayed list of options)
  • Radio Buttons (Select one from a fully displayed list of options)
  • Category Trees (Select Multiple from a hierarchy of options)

These fixed option fields are very useful for standardising metadata by avoiding spelling mistakes or typing errors, but also for showing users how resources may be categorised and for suggesting terms they might find useful for searching.

See also Metadata.