Domain Type Lists Survey
Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Type
05 October 2001
Editor: Ann Apps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Status of this document: Deprecated
This is previous work by the Type Working Group. It will not be
taken forward by DCMI.
This document is a survey of lists of types used within
specific domains and by specific implementation projects. It
has been assembled from information supplied as a result of
requests by the DC-Type Working Group. It is probably not
comprehensive because of a limited response from
Comments and feedback should be sent to the working group
mailing list, <email@example.com>,
the archives for which may be browsed at <http://jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/dc-type.html>
(NOTE, you must be a member of the WG to post messages to the
WG) or, alternatively, send your feedback to the Editor of this
- Type Qualifier:
Most implementors do not qualify Resource Type with a type
qualifier. Exceptions are Australian Government
Information Service who use qualifiers Category,
serviceType, and Cooperative Online Resource
Catalog (CORC) who use a Note qualifier. DCMI has
decided not to recommend a Resource Type qualifier, and so
any notes, etc should be included in the
dc:description of the resource.
- Scheme Qualifier:
Implementers tend to use their own lists of values for types,
developed for their particular applications. These could be
accommodated in DC-Type by using a scheme qualifier
indicating the URI of the lists's definition.
Domain-specific Type Lists
Note that some of these lists contain terms which are not
within the scope of "type" as defined by the DCMI Type
Vocabulary. These terms are effectively excluded - only terms
within scope are relevant to this survey.
Note that many of the links originally supplied for these
Type Lists are no longer active. Thus some links from this page
are to projects' main pages.
Arts and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
Domain: art, architecture
Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS)
Domain: arts, humanities
In its user guide, AHDS supports the use of a controlled list
of types and endorses the earlier list that was the basis for
DCMI Type Vocabulary (http://sunsite.Berkeley.edu/Metadata/types.html.
It considers the list of general material descriptors in the
Anglo-American Cataloging Rules a potentially useful scheme.
Australian Government Information Service
Domain: federal government
Qualifiers: Category, aggregationLevel, documentType,
AGLS has its own list of values categorized under agls-document
or agls-service, but encourages use of other controlled lists.
Catalog and Index for French Speaking Health Sites
Domain: health information
CISMeF has developed its own list of types.
Consortium for the Computer Interchange of Museum
Domain: museum information
CIMI determined that the DCMI Type Vocabulary list could be
used with 2 additions: Place, Constituent (also
called Party). It has used the previous list from the Resource
Type and Format Working Group with the additions of:
- original or surrogate
- item or collection
- natural or cultural
Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC)
Dublin Core Education Working Group
The DC-Education Working Group have a proposal for a 'type'
Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
GEM has developed its own list of types.
IMAFDI Online Thesis/Dissertation
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials
Domain: graphic materials / general
Math Guide Source Types
Domain: mathematical, bibliographic
Medical Subject Headings (MESH)
Nordic Metadata Project
The Nordic Metadata Project uses the following highest level
types from DCMI Type Vocabulary with its own subtypes (e.g.
There may be more than one subtype (e.g.
Resource Discovery Network (RDN)
RDN includes: BIOME (bio-medical); EEVL (engineering); SOSIG
Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging
This is a revised and expanded edition of: System for
Classifying Man-Made Objects by Robert G. Chenhall
Scout Report Signpost
The Scout Report has developed its own list of types.
Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)
Domain: social science
SOSIG has developed its own list of types.
University of Illinois, Grainger Engineering Library,
Digital Library Initiative
Domain: bibliographic, engineering
Other Type Lists
These lists have been used as resources by the DC-Type
DC Type and Format Working Group
This was the previous working group investigating "type",
proposal October 1998.
Resource Type Minimalist Proposal
Roy Tennant's Resource Type Structuralist Proposal
Andrew Daviel's list of external type vocabularies
Alexandria Digital Library Thesaurus of Information Object