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Dublin Core Collection Description Type (CDType) Vocabulary

Creator: Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group
Date Issued: 2006-08-24
Identifier: http://dublincore.org/groups/collections/colldesc-type/2006-08-24/
Replaces: http://dublincore.org/groups/collections/colldesc-type/2006-08-01/
Is Replaced By: Not applicable
Latest Version: http://dublincore.org/groups/collections/colldesc-type/
Description of Document: This document describes the collection description type vocabulary used by the application profile for collection-level description developed by the Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group.

Introduction

The Collection Description Type (CDType) Vocabulary provides a set of classes that can be used as values of the dc:type property in descriptions of collection descriptions. It has been developed in association with the Dublin Core Collection Description Application Profile (DC CD AP) but this vocabulary is independent of that profile and the classes defined here may be referenced in other metadata descriptions

The Collection Description Type (CDType) Vocabulary is based on the typology of collection descriptions in Michael Heaney's An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues

A representation of the terms in this vocabulary is also available as an RDF/XML document.

Note

All references to properties, classes, vocabulary encoding schemes and syntax encoding schemes in DC metadata descriptions are made using URIs. In this document, Qualified Names of the form prefix ":" local-part are used as abbreviations for URIs which identify metadata terms. Prefixes are assumed to be associated with Namespace Names (URIs) as follows, and the corresponding URI for the term is constructed by concatenating the Namespace Name and the local-part:

Collection Description Type Vocabulary [cld:CDType]

Identifier http://purl.org/cld/terms/CDType
Qualified Name cld:CDType
Defined By Collection Description Terms
http://purl.org/cld/terms/
Type of Term Vocabulary Encoding Scheme
Label Collection Description Type Vocabulary
Definition

A set of types used to categorize a collection description according to its organization.

Comments
See Also An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/rslp/model/

Vocabulary Terms/Classes

Collection-Description [cdtype:CollectionDescription]

Identifier http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/CollectionDescription
Qualified Name cdtype:CollectionDescription
Defined By Collection Description Type Vocabulary
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/
Type of Term Class
Type of Term Vocabulary Term
SubClass Of [n/a]
Label Collection Description
Definition

A resource which describes a collection.

Comments
See Also An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/rslp/model/

Analytic Finding Aid [cdtype:AnalyticFindingAid]

Identifier http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/AnalyticFindingAid
Qualified Name cdtype:AnalyticFindingAid
Defined By Collection Description Type Vocabulary
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/
Type of Term Class
Type of Term Vocabulary Term
SubClass Of Collection, Dublin Core Type Vocabulary [dcmitype:Collection]
http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Collection
SubClass Of Collection Description, Collection Description Type Vocabulary [cdtype:CollectionDescription]
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/CollectionDescription
Label Analytic Finding Aid
Definition

A collection of individual records describing the items, and the intellectual content of those items, of a second collection. The records provide information about individual items. There are no intrinsic relationships between the records, and each record is essentially self-contained.

Comments

There may, in the individual records, be information about collections but that is not the focus of the catalogue. AnalyticFindingAids are typically created with significant human input.

See Also An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/rslp/model/

Hierarchic Finding Aid [cdtype:HierarchicFindingAid]

Identifier http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/HierarchicFindingAid
Qualified Name cdtype:HierarchicFindingAid
Type of Term Class
Type of Term Vocabulary Term
SubClass Of Collection, Dublin Core Type Vocabulary [dcmitype:Collection]
http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Collection
SubClass Of Collection Description, Collection Description Type Vocabulary [cdtype:CollectionDescription]
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/CollectionDescription
Label Hierarchic Finding Aid
Defined By Collection Description Type Vocabulary
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/
Definition

A collection of records describing the individual items, and the intellectual content of those items, of a second collection. The records provide information about the collection and/or about the individual items, including contextual information about the relations between items and the collection. Relationships exist between records, and records are interpreted in the context of those relationships.

Comments

The records are grounded within the overall arrangement of the collection, e.g. grouping together all the letters, account books etc. in an ordered sequence or sequences. Items are often not uniquely identifiable when considered in isolation, so the context of the collection is an essential element in compiling the hierarchic finding-aid. Hierarchic finding-aids are typically created with significant human input.

See Also An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/rslp/model/

Indexing Finding Aid [cdtype:IndexingFindingAid]

Identifier http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/IndexingFindingAid
Qualified Name IndexingFindingAid
Type of Term Class
Type of Term Vocabulary Term
SubClass Of Collection, Dublin Core Type Vocabulary [dcmitype:Collection]
http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Collection
SubClass Of Collection Description, Collection Description Type Vocabulary [cdtype:CollectionDescription]
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/CollectionDescription
Label IndexingFindingAid
Defined By Collection Description Type Vocabulary
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/
Definition

A collection of records consisting of information derived from items in a second collection, regardless of the content of those items.

Comments

For example, a robotic search engine will create an index of the words in a document (or catalogue record) regardless of their context and without trying to identify the discrete elements of intellectual content contained therein. IndexingFindingAides are typically generated automatically by a software robot or other harvesting technology, but may be created by human effort.

See Also An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/rslp/model/

Unitary Finding Aid [cdtype:UnitaryFindingAid]

Identifier http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/UnitaryFindingAid
Qualified Name UnitaryFindingAid
Type of Term Class
Type of Term Vocabulary Term
SubClass Of Collection Description, Collection Description Type Vocabulary [cdtype:CollectionDescription]
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/CollectionDescription
Label UnitaryFindingAid
Defined By Collection Description Type Vocabulary
http://purl.org/cld/cdtype/
Definition

A collection description which consists only of information about a collection as a whole and does not provide information about the individual items within it.

Comments

A unitary finding aid is sometimes referred to as a collection-level description.

See Also An Analytical Model of Collections and their Catalogues
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/rslp/model/

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