Dublin Core™ Collection Description Application Profile Summary

Creator: Dublin Core™ Collection Description Working Group
Date Issued: 2004-08-20
Identifier: http://dublincore.org/specifications/dublin-core/collection-description/collection-ap-summary/2004-08-20/
Replaces: http://dublincore.org/specifications/dublin-core/collection-description/collection-ap-summary/2004-02-01/
Is Replaced By: http://dublincore.org/specifications/dublin-core/collection-description/collection-ap-summary/2005-03-19/
Latest Version: http://dublincore.org/specifications/dublin-core/collection-description/collection-ap-summary/
Status of Document: This is a Draft Dublin Core™ Application Profile.
Description of Document: This document presents a summary view of the draft application profile for collection-level description developed by the Dublin Core™ Collection Description Working Group.


Where names are listed below as XML QNames, prefixes are assumed to be associated with Namespace Names as follows:

  • dc: http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/
  • dcterms: http://purl.org/dc/terms/
  • marcrel: (MARC relator code properties) http://www.loc.gov/marc.relators/
  • cld: (collection-specific properties: URIs to be confirmed, temporary Namespace Name/URI http://example.org/cld/terms#)
  • gen: (non-collection-specific properties, URIs to be confirmed, temporary Namespace Name/URI http://example.org/gen/terms#)
  • cldtype: (collection type terms: URIs to be confirmed, temporary Namespace Name/URI http://example.org/cld/type#)

i.e. where the QName of a term (property/class) appears against a shaded background in the table below, the term has not yet been assigned a persistent URI reference.

Proposed collection properties

Property label
Property name
(as QName)
Definition Encoding
Identifier dc:identifier A globally unique formal identifier for the collection. dcterms:URI
Title dc:title The name of the collection.  
Alternative Title dcterms:alternative
(sub-property of dc:title)
Any form of name used as a substitute or alternative to the formal name of the collection  
Description dcterms:abstract
(sub-property of dc:description)
A summary description of the content of the collection.  
Physical Characteristics dc:format The physical or digital characteristics of the collection.  
Size dcterms:extent
(sub-property of dc:format)
The size of the collection.  
Language dc:language A language of the content of the items in the collection. dcterms:ISO639-2
Type dc:type A type of the collection. cld:CLDT
Rights dc:rights A statement of any rights held in/over the collection.  
Access Rights dcterms:accessRights
(sub-property of dc:rights)
A statement of any access restrictions placed on the collection, including allowed users, charges, etc.  
Accrual Method cld:accrualMethod The method by which items are added to the collection. cld:
Accrual Periodicity cld:accrualPeriodicity The frequency with which items are added to the collection. cld:
Accrual Policy cld:accrualPolicy The policy governing the addition of items to the collection. cld:
Custodial History dcterms:provenance A statement of any changes in ownership and custody of the collection that are significant for its authenticity, integrity and interpretation.  
Audience dcterms:audience A class of entity for whom the collection is intended or useful.  
Logo cld:logo
(sub-property of dc:description)
An image or logo associated with the collection.  
Subject dc:subject A subject or topic associated with the items in the collection. dcterms:DDC
Spatial Coverage dcterms:spatial
(sub-property of dc:coverage)
The spatial coverage of the content of the items in the collection.
Temporal Coverage dcterms:temporal
(sub-property of dc:coverage)
The temporal coverage of the content of the items in the collection.  
Accumulation Date Range dcterms:created
(sub-property of dc:date)
The range of dates over which the collection was accumulated. dcterms:ISO8601
Contents Date Range cld:dateContentsCreated
(sub-property of dc:date)
The range of dates over which the individual items within the collection were created dcterms:ISO8601
Relationships between the Collection and Agents
Collector dc:creator An entity who gathers (or gathered) the items in a collection together.  
Owner marcrel:own An entity who has legal possession of the collection.  
Relationships between the Collection and Location, Collection and Service
Is Located At gen:isLocatedAt
(sub-property of dc:relation)
The location of the collection.  
Is Accessed Via gen:isAccessedVia
(sub-property of dc:relation)
A service that provides access to the collection.  
Relationships between Collections
Sub-collection dcterms:hasPart
(sub-property of dc:relation)
A second collection contained within the current collection.  
Super-collection dcterms:isPartOf
(sub-property of dc:relation)
A second collection that contains the current collection.  
Catalogue or collection description dc:description A second collection that describes the current collection (for example, the catalogue for the current collection).  
Associated collection dc:relation A second collection that is associated with the current collection.  
Relationships between the Collection and other resources
Associated publication dcterms:isReferencedBy
(sub-property of dc:relation)
A publication that is based on the use, study, or analysis of the collection.  

Changes made in this version

  • Added highlighting for unstable terms with no persistent URI reference.
  • Added encoding schemes column.
  • Added hyperlinks to full description of property usage in application profile.
  • For Language, changed description from "The language of the items in the collection" to "A language of the content of the items in the collection".
  • For Type, changed description from "The type of the collection" to "A type of the collection".
  • For Custodial History, used property dcterms:provenance (rather than gen:provenance) as term added to DCMI Namespace by Usage Board, March 2004. Also amend definition to remove "since its creation".
  • Replaced property cld:accrualStatus by three properties cld:accrualMethod, cld:accrualPeriodicity, cld:accrualPolicy
  • For Accumulation Date Range, replaced property cld:accumulationDateRange with property dcterms:created
  • For Contents Date Range, replaced property cld:contentsDateRange with property cld:dateContentsCreated
  • Replaced property gen:isAvailableAt with two (provisional) properties gen:isLocatedAt and gen:isAccessedVia.