AGLS metadata standard

The AGLS Metadata Standard is a set of descriptive properties designed to improve the visibility and accessibility of online resources. AGLS is issued by Standards Australia as AS5044: 2010.

The AGLS Metadata Standard has been mandated for use by Australian government agencies. The Digital Service Standard also requires the application of AGLS metadata to online resources.

Why a metadata standard?

Metadata allows you to search for any resource that has been described online by using keywords, names and phrases in a structured context of well-defined properties such as title, creator, date and intended audience of the resource.

Standardised metadata descriptions such as AGLS enable web-based search engines to do their job more efficiently. This helps ensure that people searching government websites are presented with relevant and meaningful results in response to search requests.

By investing in the use and maintenance of AGLS metadata, Australian Government agencies can:

  • improve the general discoverability of, and access to, resources
  • help people without a knowledge of government structures to locate the government resources that they need
  • increase return on the agency's initial web-publishing investment
  • improve the management of their website
  • ensure their agency’s information and services are comprehensively available.

More information

  • Usage guidelines. These guidelines provide details on the use of AGLS metadata and how to assign metadata to resources.
  • Validator. This tool enables agencies to validate whether their online resources meet the minimum metadata requirements.
  • Metadata Generator . This tool enables agencies to generate AGLS and Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) metadata for online resources.

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