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DCMI Metadata Terms

Title: DCMI Metadata Terms
Creator: DCMI Usage Board
Identifier: http://dublincore.org/documents/2005/01/10/dcmi-terms/
Date Issued: 2005-01-10
Latest Version: http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/
Replaces: http://dublincore.org/documents/2004/12/20/dcmi-terms/
Is Replaced By: http://dublincore.org/documents/2005/06/13/dcmi-terms/
Translations: http://dublincore.org/resources/translations/
Document Status: This is a DCMI Recommendation.
Description: This document is an up-to-date specification of all metadata terms maintained by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, including elements, element refinements, encoding schemes, and vocabulary terms (the DCMI Type Vocabulary).
Date Valid: 2005-01-10

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and Definitions
  2. The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
  3. Other Elements and Element Refinements
  4. Encoding Schemes
  5. The DCMI Type Vocabulary
  6. DCMI Terms Overview

Section 1: Introduction and Definitions

This document is an up-to-date, authoritative specification of all metadata terms maintained by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative -- elements, element refinements, encoding schemes, and vocabulary terms (the DCMI Type Vocabulary). Links to other relevant documentation may be found on the "Overview of Documentation for DCMI Metadata Terms" [OVERVIEW].

Legacy documents covering subsets of this document are in the public domain, including the IETF RFC 2413 [RFC2413], the CEN Workshop Agreement CWA 13874 [CWA13874], NISO Standard Z39.85-2001 [Z3985], and a variety of national standards that include some or all of the Dublin Core Metadata Set.

Each term is specified with the following minimal set of attributes:

Name: The unique token assigned to the term.
URI: The Uniform Resource Identifier used to uniquely identify a term.
Label: The human-readable label assigned to the term.
Definition: A statement that represents the concept and essential nature of the term.
Type of Term: The type of term, such as Element or Encoding Scheme, as described in the DCMI Grammatical Principles.
Status: Status assigned to term by the DCMI Usage Board, as described in the DCMI Usage Board Process.
Date issued: Date on which a term was first declared.

Where applicable, the following attributes provide additional information about a term:

Comment: Additional information about the term or its application.
See: A link to authoritative documentation.
References: A citation or URL of a resource referenced in the Definition or Comment.
Refines: A reference to a term refined by an Element Refinement.
Qualifies: A reference to a term qualified by an Encoding Scheme.
Broader Than: A reference from a more general to a more specific Vocabulary Term.
Narrower Than: A reference from a more specific to a more general Vocabulary Term.


Anchors have been embedded in this document so that users may cite a particular entry with the form "http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/#term-name" (e.g., "http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/#title"). While this form of citation is supported for documentary convenience, note that the URI assigned to each term in accordance with the DCMI Namespace Policy serves as its unique identifier (e.g., "http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/title") [NAMESPACE].

Readers desiring further information about the change history or Usage Board decisions that support these terms should consult the document "DCMI Metadata Terms -- A Complete Historical Record" [HISTORY].

This documentation is maintained by the DCMI Usage Board. Although DCMI is committed to ensuring a high degree of stability of the specifications it maintains, changes may occur as a result of the work of the Usage Board. The policies and processes governing the identification and maintenance of metadata terms are described in "DCMI Namespace Policy" [NAMESPACE], "DCMI Grammatical Principles" [PRINCIPLES], and "DCMI Usage Board Administrative Processes" [PROCESS]. Usage Board decisions with respect to DCMI metadata terms are summarized on the Web page "DCMI Usage Board Decisions" [DECISIONS]. Three attributes of terms -- Label, Definition, and Comment -- have natural-language values which may be translated into Japanese, Norwegian, or other languages. Although there is currently no mechanism in place to validate or certify such translations in an official sense, DCMI maintains a Web page with pointers to known translations of semantic specifications and related DCMI documents [TRANSLATIONS]

References

 [RFC2413] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2413.txt
 [Z3985] http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/Z39-85.pdf
 [CWA13874] CEN Workshop Agreement CWA 13874. March 2000 (no longer available).
 [NAMESPACE] http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-namespace/
 [HISTORY] http://dublincore.org/usage/terms/history/
 [OVERVIEW] http://dublincore.org/usage/documents/overview/
 [PRINCIPLES] http://dublincore.org/usage/documents/principles/
 [PROCESS] http://dublincore.org/usage/documents/process/
 [DECISIONS] http://dublincore.org/usage/decisions/
 [TRANSLATIONS] http://dublincore.org/resources/translations/

Section 2: The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set

Term Name: contributor
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/contributor
Label: Contributor
Definition: An entity responsible for making contributions to the content of the resource.
Comment: Examples of a Contributor include a person, an organisation, or a service. Typically, the name of a Contributor should be used to indicate the entity.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: coverage
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/coverage
Label: Coverage
Definition: The extent or scope of the content of the resource.
Comment: Coverage will typically include spatial location (a place name or geographic coordinates), temporal period (a period label, date, or date range) or jurisdiction (such as a named administrative entity). Recommended best practice is to select a value from a controlled vocabulary (for example, the Thesaurus of Geographic Names [TGN]) and that, where appropriate, named places or time periods be used in preference to numeric identifiers such as sets of coordinates or date ranges.
References: [TGN] http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/index.html
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: creator
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/creator
Label: Creator
Definition: An entity primarily responsible for making the content of the resource.
Comment: Examples of a Creator include a person, an organisation, or a service. Typically, the name of a Creator should be used to indicate the entity.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: date
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Label: Date
Definition: A date associated with an event in the life cycle of the resource.
Comment: Typically, Date will be associated with the creation or availability of the resource. Recommended best practice for encoding the date value is defined in a profile of ISO 8601 [W3CDTF] and follows the YYYY-MM-DD format.
References: [W3CDTF] http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: description
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/description
Label: Description
Definition: An account of the content of the resource.
Comment: Description may include but is not limited to: an abstract, table of contents, reference to a graphical representation of content or a free-text account of the content.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: format
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/format
Label: Format
Definition: The physical or digital manifestation of the resource.
Comment: Typically, Format may include the media-type or dimensions of the resource. Format may be used to determine the software, hardware or other equipment needed to display or operate the resource. Examples of dimensions include size and duration. Recommended best practice is to select a value from a controlled vocabulary (for example, the list of Internet Media Types [MIME] defining computer media formats).
References: [MIME] http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: identifier
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/identifier
Label: Resource Identifier
Definition: An unambiguous reference to the resource within a given context.
Comment: Recommended best practice is to identify the resource by means of a string or number conforming to a formal identification system. Example formal identification systems include the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) (including the Uniform Resource Locator (URL)), the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: language
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/language
Label: Language
Definition: A language of the intellectual content of the resource.
Comment: Recommended best practice is to use RFC 3066 [RFC3066], which, in conjunction with ISO 639 [ISO639], defines two- and three-letter primary language tags with optional subtags. Examples include "en" or "eng" for English, "akk" for Akkadian, and "en-GB" for English used in the United Kingdom.
References: [RFC3066] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3066.txt
References: [ISO639] http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: publisher
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/publisher
Label: Publisher
Definition: An entity responsible for making the resource available
Comment: Examples of a Publisher include a person, an organisation, or a service. Typically, the name of a Publisher should be used to indicate the entity.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: relation
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Label: Relation
Definition: A reference to a related resource.
Comment: Recommended best practice is to reference the resource by means of a string or number conforming to a formal identification system.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: rights
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/rights
Label: Rights Management
Definition: Information about rights held in and over the resource.
Comment: Typically, a Rights element will contain a rights management statement for the resource, or reference a service providing such information. Rights information often encompasses Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Copyright, and various Property Rights. If the Rights element is absent, no assumptions can be made about the status of these and other rights with respect to the resource.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: source
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/source
Label: Source
Definition: A reference to a resource from which the present resource is derived.
Comment: The present resource may be derived from the Source resource in whole or in part. Recommended best practice is to reference the resource by means of a string or number conforming to a formal identification system.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: subject
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/subject
Label: Subject and Keywords
Definition: The topic of the content of the resource.
Comment: Typically, a Subject will be expressed as keywords, key phrases or classification codes that describe a topic of the resource. Recommended best practice is to select a value from a controlled vocabulary or formal classification scheme.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: title
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/title
Label: Title
Definition: A name given to the resource.
Comment: Typically, a Title will be a name by which the resource is formally known.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02
Term Name: type
URI: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/type
Label: Resource Type
Definition: The nature or genre of the content of the resource.
Comment: Type includes terms describing general categories, functions, genres, or aggregation levels for content. Recommended best practice is to select a value from a controlled vocabulary (for example, the DCMI Type Vocabulary [DCMITYPE]). To describe the physical or digital manifestation of the resource, use the Format element.
References: [DCMITYPE] http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-type-vocabulary/
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 1999-07-02

Section 3: Other Elements and Element Refinements

Term Name: abstract
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/abstract
Label: Abstract
Definition: A summary of the content of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/description
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: accessRights
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/accessRights
Label: Access Rights
Definition: Information about who can access the resource or an indication of its security status.
Comment: Access Rights may include information regarding access or restrictions based on privacy, security or other regulations.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/rights
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2003-02-15
Term Name: alternative
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/alternative
Label: Alternative
Definition: Any form of the title used as a substitute or alternative to the formal title of the resource.
Comment: This qualifier can include Title abbreviations as well as translations.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/title
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: audience
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/audience
Label: Audience
Definition: A class of entity for whom the resource is intended or useful.
Comment: A class of entity may be determined by the creator or the publisher or by a third party.
Type of Term: element
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2001-05-21
Term Name: available
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/available
Label: Available
Definition: Date (often a range) that the resource will become or did become available.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: bibliographicCitation
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/bibliographicCitation
Label: Bibliographic Citation
Definition: A bibliographic reference for the resource.
Comment: Recommended practice is to include sufficient bibliographic detail to identify the resource as unambiguously as possible, whether or not the citation is in a standard form.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/identifier
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2003-02-15
Term Name: conformsTo
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/conformsTo
Label: Conforms To
Definition: A reference to an established standard to which the resource conforms.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2001-05-21
Term Name: created
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/created
Label: Created
Definition: Date of creation of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: dateAccepted
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/dateAccepted
Label: Date Accepted
Definition: Date of acceptance of the resource (e.g. of thesis by university department, of article by journal, etc.).
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2002-07-13
Term Name: dateCopyrighted
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/dateCopyrighted
Label: Date Copyrighted
Definition: Date of a statement of copyright.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2002-07-13
Term Name: dateSubmitted
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/dateSubmitted
Label: Date Submitted
Definition: Date of submission of the resource (e.g. thesis, articles, etc.).
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2002-07-13
Term Name: educationLevel
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/educationLevel
Label: Audience Education Level
Definition: A general statement describing the education or training context. Alternatively, a more specific statement of the location of the audience in terms of its progression through an education or training context.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/terms/audience
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2002-07-13
Term Name: extent
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/extent
Label: Extent
Definition: The size or duration of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/format
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: hasFormat
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/hasFormat
Label: Has Format
Definition: The described resource pre-existed the referenced resource, which is essentially the same intellectual content presented in another format.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: hasPart
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/hasPart
Label: Has Part
Definition: The described resource includes the referenced resource either physically or logically.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: hasVersion
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/hasVersion
Label: Has Version
Definition: The described resource has a version, edition, or adaptation, namely, the referenced resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: isFormatOf
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/isFormatOf
Label: Is Format Of
Definition: The described resource is the same intellectual content of the referenced resource, but presented in another format.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: isPartOf
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/isPartOf
Label: Is Part Of
Definition: The described resource is a physical or logical part of the referenced resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: isReferencedBy
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/isReferencedBy
Label: Is Referenced By
Definition: The described resource is referenced, cited, or otherwise pointed to by the referenced resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: isReplacedBy
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/isReplacedBy
Label: Is Replaced By
Definition: The described resource is supplanted, displaced, or superseded by the referenced resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: isRequiredBy
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/isRequiredBy
Label: Is Required By
Definition: The described resource is required by the referenced resource, either physically or logically.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: issued
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/issued
Label: Issued
Definition: Date of formal issuance (e.g., publication) of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: isVersionOf
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/isVersionOf
Label: Is Version Of
Definition: The described resource is a version, edition, or adaptation of the referenced resource. Changes in version imply substantive changes in content rather than differences in format.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: license
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/license
Label: License
Definition: A legal document giving official permission to do something with the resource.
Comment: Recommended best practice is to identify the license using a URI. Examples of such licenses can be found at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/rights
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2004-06-14
Term Name: mediator
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/mediator
Label: Mediator
Definition: A class of entity that mediates access to the resource and for whom the resource is intended or useful.
Comment: The audiences for a resource are of two basic classes: (1) an ultimate beneficiary of the resource, and (2) frequently, an entity that mediates access to the resource. The mediator element refinement represents the second of these two classes.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/terms/audience
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2001-05-21
Term Name: medium
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/medium
Label: Medium
Definition: The material or physical carrier of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/format
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: modified
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/modified
Label: Modified
Definition: Date on which the resource was changed.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: provenance
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/provenance
Label: Provenance
Definition: A statement of any changes in ownership and custody of the resource since its creation that are significant for its authenticity, integrity and interpretation.
Comment: The statement may include a description of any changes successive custodians made to the resource.
Type of Term: element
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2004-09-20
Term Name: references
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/references
Label: References
Definition: The described resource references, cites, or otherwise points to the referenced resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: replaces
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/replaces
Label: Replaces
Definition: The described resource supplants, displaces, or supersedes the referenced resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: requires
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/requires
Label: Requires
Definition: The described resource requires the referenced resource to support its function, delivery, or coherence of content.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: rightsHolder
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/rightsHolder
Label: Rights Holder
Definition: A person or organization owning or managing rights over the resource.
Comment: Recommended best practice is to use the URI or name of the Rights Holder to indicate the entity.
Type of Term: element
Status: conforming
Date Issued: 2004-06-14
Term Name: spatial
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/spatial
Label: Spatial
Definition: Spatial characteristics of the intellectual content of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/coverage
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: tableOfContents
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/tableOfContents
Label: Table Of Contents
Definition: A list of subunits of the content of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/description
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: temporal
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/temporal
Label: Temporal
Definition: Temporal characteristics of the intellectual content of the resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/coverage
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: valid
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/valid
Label: Valid
Definition: Date (often a range) of validity of a resource.
Type of Term: element-refinement
Refines: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11

Section 4: Encoding Schemes

Term Name: Box
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/Box
Label: DCMI Box
Definition: The DCMI Box identifies a region of space using its geographic limits.
See: http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-box/
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/terms/spatial
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: DCMIType
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/DCMIType
Label: DCMI Type Vocabulary
Definition: A list of types used to categorize the nature or genre of the content of the resource.
See: http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-type-vocabulary/
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/type
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: DDC
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/DDC
Label: DDC
Definition: Dewey Decimal Classification
See: http://www.oclc.org/dewey/index.htm
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/subject
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: IMT
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/IMT
Label: IMT
Definition: The Internet media type of the resource.
See: http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/format
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: ISO3166
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/ISO3166
Label: ISO 3166
Definition: ISO 3166 Codes for the representation of names of countries
See: http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/iso3166ma/02iso-3166-code-lists/list-en1.html
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/terms/spatial
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: ISO639-2
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/ISO639-2
Label: ISO 639-2
Definition: ISO 639-2: Codes for the representation of names of languages.
See: http://lcweb.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/langhome.html
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/language
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: LCC
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/LCC
Label: LCC
Definition: Library of Congress Classification
See: http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco.html
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/subject
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: LCSH
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/LCSH
Label: LCSH
Definition: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/subject
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: MESH
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/MESH
Label: MeSH
Definition: Medical Subject Headings
See: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/subject
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Period
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/Period
Label: DCMI Period
Definition: A specification of the limits of a time interval.
See: http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-period/
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/terms/temporal
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Point
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/Point
Label: DCMI Point
Definition: The DCMI Point identifies a point in space using its geographic coordinates.
See: http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-point/
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/terms/spatial
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: RFC1766
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/RFC1766
Label: RFC 1766
Definition: Internet RFC 1766 'Tags for the identification of Language' specifies a two letter code taken from ISO 639, followed optionally by a two letter country code taken from ISO 3166.
See: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1766.txt
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/language
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: RFC3066
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/RFC3066
Label: RFC 3066
Definition: Internet RFC 3066 'Tags for the Identification of Languages' specifies a primary subtag which is a two-letter code taken from ISO 639 part 1 or a three-letter code taken from ISO 639 part 2, followed optionally by a two-letter country code taken from ISO 3166. When a language in ISO 639 has both a two-letter and three-letter code, use the two-letter code; when it has only a three-letter code, use the three-letter code. This RFC replaces RFC 1766.
See: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3066.txt
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/language
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2002-07-13
Term Name: TGN
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/TGN
Label: TGN
Definition: The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
See: http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/index.html
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/terms/spatial
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: UDC
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/UDC
Label: UDC
Definition: Universal Decimal Classification
See: http://www.udcc.org/
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/subject
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: URI
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/URI
Label: URI
Definition: A URI Uniform Resource Identifier
See: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/identifier
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/source
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/relation
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: W3CDTF
URI: http://purl.org/dc/terms/W3CDTF
Label: W3C-DTF
Definition: W3C Encoding rules for dates and times - a profile based on ISO 8601
See: http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime
Type of Term: encoding-scheme
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/date
Qualifies: http://purl.org/dc/terms/temporal
Status: registered
Date Issued: 2000-07-11

Section 5: The DCMI Type Vocabulary

Term Name: Collection
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Collection
Label: Collection
Definition: A collection is an aggregation of items. The term collection means that the resource is described as a group; its parts may be separately described and navigated.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Dataset
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Dataset
Label: Dataset
Definition: A dataset is information encoded in a defined structure (for example, lists, tables, and databases), intended to be useful for direct machine processing.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Event
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Event
Label: Event
Definition: An event is a non-persistent, time-based occurrence. Metadata for an event provides descriptive information that is the basis for discovery of the purpose, location, duration, responsible agents, and links to related events and resources. The resource of type event may not be retrievable if the described instantiation has expired or is yet to occur. Examples - exhibition, web-cast, conference, workshop, open-day, performance, battle, trial, wedding, tea-party, conflagration.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Image
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Image
Label: Image
Definition: An image is a primarily symbolic visual representation other than text. For example - images and photographs of physical objects, paintings, prints, drawings, other images and graphics, animations and moving pictures, film, diagrams, maps, musical notation. Note that image may include both electronic and physical representations.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Broader Than: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/StillImage
Broader Than: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/MovingImage
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: InteractiveResource
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/InteractiveResource
Label: Interactive Resource
Definition: An interactive resource is a resource which requires interaction from the user to be understood, executed, or experienced. For example - forms on web pages, applets, multimedia learning objects, chat services, virtual reality.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: MovingImage
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/MovingImage
Label: Moving Image
Definition: A series of visual representations that, when shown in succession, impart an impression of motion. Examples of moving images are: animations, movies, television programs, videos, zoetropes, or visual output from a simulation.
Comment: Instances of the type "Moving Image" must also be describable as instances of the broader type "Image".
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Narrower Than: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Image
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2003-11-18
Term Name: PhysicalObject
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/PhysicalObject
Label: Physical Object
Definition: An inanimate, three-dimensional object or substance. For example -- a computer, the great pyramid, a sculpture. Note that digital representations of, or surrogates for, these things should use Image, Text or one of the other types.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2002-07-13
Term Name: Service
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Service
Label: Service
Definition: A service is a system that provides one or more functions of value to the end-user. Examples include: a photocopying service, a banking service, an authentication service, interlibrary loans, a Z39.50 or Web server.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Software
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Software
Label: Software
Definition: Software is a computer program in source or compiled form which may be available for installation non-transiently on another machine. For software which exists only to create an interactive environment, use interactive instead.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: Sound
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Sound
Label: Sound
Definition: A sound is a resource whose content is primarily intended to be rendered as audio. For example - a music playback file format, an audio compact disc, and recorded speech or sounds.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11
Term Name: StillImage
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/StillImage
Label: Still Image
Definition: A static visual representation. Examples of still images are: paintings, drawings, graphic designs, plans and maps.
Comment: Recommended best practice is to assign the type "text" to images of textual materials. Instances of the type "Still Image" must also be describable as instances of the broader type "Image".
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Narrower Than: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Image
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2003-11-18
Term Name: Text
URI: http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Text
Label: Text
Definition: A text is a resource whose content is primarily words for reading. For example - books, letters, dissertations, poems, newspapers, articles, archives of mailing lists. Note that facsimiles or images of texts are still of the genre text.
Type of Term: vocabulary-term
Status: recommended
Date Issued: 2000-07-11

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