According to the Best Practices for Editing Metadata,

You can create metadata to describe most items in ArcGIS Pro.

Further, it states:

The geoprocessing tools that support managing metadata in ArcMap are not yet available in ArcGIS Pro. Importing, exporting, and validating metadata must be managed using other applications in the ArcGIS platform.

This is confirmed by the Tools that are not available in ArcGIS Pro page.

However, I can't seem to find any resources that show which items do not support metadata creation.

For example, I'm attempting to edit metadata for a map in my Project and the metadata I enter won't save. Even after saving the project.

Step 1: Edit Metadata for one of the maps in my project.

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Step 2: Apply Changes

Here I apply the metadata changes to my map. enter image description here

Note the Save icon is disabled. When I hover over the save icon, it says: "This command is currently disabled. Available only when editing metadata for items stored outside the project such as feature classes and tools."

You can see in the image below, that it appears that my metadata has been applied. enter image description here

However, when I click on a different map and back on the first one, the metadata is gone. Even if I save the project.

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My suspicion is that items within an ArcGIS Project do not support metadata. But I can't find anything to support this. I did successfully saved the metadata for a feature class in a file geodatabase. But not for a map in the project.

What items do not support metadata in ArcGIS Pro (2.1.2)?

It's worth noting that: **Esri's roadmap** lists Metadata as a near-term update (Presumably at 2.2).

Metadata Import, Export and Sharing - Support majority of metadata functionality including the ability to import and export using standard metadata formats and sharing metadata across items in ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online.

Although the word "majority" in the above statement is problematic.

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It looks like Metadata support in ArcGIS Pro has been expanding.

From What's new in ArcGIS Pro 2.2:

  • You can now view and import different metadata types and export metadata to XML.
  • You can save a copy of an item's ArcGIS metadata as an HTML or XML file on disk.
  • Learn more about what's new with metadata.

and from What's new in ArcGIS Pro 2.3:

  • You can create metadata to describe the purpose and contents of an ArcGIS Pro project. When the catalog view is active, click Project in the Contents pane to see and edit the current project's metadata.

I think the last dot point is the feature that you may have been waiting for.

However, when asked on 26 Sep 2018:

Is there a timeline for integrating metadata conversion? It is mentioned in Tools that are not available in ArcGIS Pro—Appendices | ArcGIS Desktop, but not addressed in this roadmap.

kkramer-esristaff replied:

The functions are available in the UI and the SDK in 2.2. Scripting the capabilities that are available in the UI is in the product plan for 2019, but not ArcGIS Pro 2.3. Other metadata capabilities have precedence, like providing the toolkit for Pro and a new metadata style to support the new version of ISO Metadata standards.

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