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A physical object Type in the DCMI Type Vocabulary

A physical object Type in the DCMI Type Vocabulary

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Type Working Group

28 March 2002

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Description: This document contains a proposal by the DCMI Type Working Group [1] to the Dublin Core Usage Board for a physical object Type in the DCMI Type Vocabulary [2].


Summary

Element dc:type
Qualifier DCMI Type Vocabulary [2] encoding scheme
Proposed Addition Physical Object
Source of Proposal DCMI Type Working Group [1]

1. Introduction and Objective

This document describes a proposal to the Dublin Core Usage Board to provide a new resource type in the DCMI Type Vocabulary [2] which would identify the genre of a resource as being a physical, 3-dimensional object.

The DCMI Type Vocabulary, which is a DCMI recommendation, provides a general, cross-domain list of approved terms which may be used as values for the Resource Type element to identify the genre of a resource. Currently this list does not include a value which can be used to signify that a resource is a physical, 3-dimensional object.

2. The Proposal

It is proposed that the DCMI Type Vocabulary be extended to include a new resource type:

Physical Object
Name: PhysicalObject
Label: Physical Object
Definition: A non-human, three-dimensional object or substance. For example - a computer, the great pyramid, a sculpture, wheat. Note that digital representations of, or surrogates for, these things should use Image, Text or one of the other types.

Practitioners who use Dublin Core to describe resources have found that there is not currently a suitable item within the DCMI Type Vocabulary encoding scheme to indicate that a resource is a physical, 3-dimensional object. In particular, this has been noted by the Museums community, but requests for such a type have also been made from other domains such as Libraries.

3. References

[1] DCMI Type Working Group. http://www.dublincore.org/groups/type
[2] DCMI Type Vocabulary. http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-type-vocabulary/