The present invention discloses a system and method for insuring the integrity and format of metadata. In the preferred embodiment, a local database is created into which metadata information can be stored. Since the database is maintained locally, it can be guaranteed to have correct and complete metadata information. Metadata searches are preferably performed hierarchically, such that the local database is checked first for the required data. If the data is not resident in the local database, the traditional search of third-party databases is performed. Information retrieved from third-party databases is then verified, such as manually. Once the metadata has been checked and approved, the metadata is then stored locally. A set of rules is also created, which define the requirements and the file manipulations that must be preformed on the metadata for each type of target device.