A new publication on the use of metadata in Québec’s cultural sector

Québec, October 17, 2017. – To this day, culture organizations in Québec are making fairly limited use of metadata related to cultural products and content, which consist in structured numerical data that describe, identify or enrich these products and content (author, performer, country of origin, title, etc.). This is one of the findings from the État des lieux sur les métadonnées relatives aux contenus culturels, published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

The study provides a picture of current metadata use in Québec’s cultural sector, based on research carried out by experts in the fields of books, audiovisual, sound recordings, performing arts, heritage, and museology. One of the issues addressed in the study is the use of metadata to improve the discoverability of cultural content, meaning its ability to be easily discovered by consumers. The publication also looks at metadata as a potential tool for measuring the consumption of cultural content and for compensating the creators and companies that hold the copyrights for that content.

Included in the Plan culturel numérique du Québec, the État des lieux sur les métadonnées relatives aux contenus culturels was produced in partnership with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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