This Toolkit includes a proposed terminology for material types in the form of a Materials Word List, which can be used at any stage of finds recording. Whatever systems are used, records must be supported by metadata, including descriptions of field names in databases or spreadsheets, explanations of any codes used, and references to relevant classifications, guidance, methodologies, reference collections, standards or thesauri.

For more information on metadata, you can access CIfA's Dig Digital toolkit here, which includes specific guidance on metadata - We also recommend you consult with the intended Trusted Digital Repository about specific metadata formats.