|Minimum Data Set as recommended
by The Recording Academy
|Names of Artist(s), Performer(s),
Producer(s), Engineer(s), Composer(s),
Lyricist(s) and any other people involved
|ISNI for all people involved (if available)|
|Title and identifier of the musical work(s)
|Location and country of recording|
|Date of recording|
|Original format of recording|
|Format of the mix|
|Record label or media company|
|Composer(s)’/Lyricist(s)’ collection society|
|ISRC (if available)|
|Does the recording contain samples?|
Clearly, the more metadata provided, the better. However, capturing metadata about the recording or mixing event is usually not a priority for musicians when they get together in a studio or make a recording using DAW software.
Clearly there needs to be an easy way to capture the metadata, and DAWs will play a major role in this as their user interfaces will incorporate easier mechanisms for the capture of rich metadata.
In this context, there is a minimum metadata set that, if captured and communicated about each recording component, would drastically improve the metadata about recordings that flow through the supply chain. The Recording Academy, through its Producers and Engineers Wing, has developed such a data set and it is reproduced in the table on the right. 
The RIN, as described in the next section, can capture and communicate all of these data elements, and many more.