MetaNet is a network of excellence for harmonising and synthesising the development of statistical metadata, part of the European Union Fifth framework Research and Development program. Specifically it is part of the information Society Technology strand, number IST-1999-29093, to develop proposals for standards in the methodology used for describing statistical metadata and statistical information systems, to develop proposals for recommendations on the metadata objects in a common conceptual model of statistical metadata in order to preserve the digital data in the long-term. MetaNet is based in the University of Edinburgh. The project finished in July 2003.