innovation in metadata design, implementation & best practices
Topic: Definitions and Labels
See also: http://dublincore.org/usage/meetings/2005/05/washdc/
Modified: 2005-05-16 17:28, Monday
Maintainer: Tom Baker
1. Wording of Definitions in light of Abstract Model [Andy]
In Washington, we should decide on possible changes, as
outlined in . We should also consider the impact of
such changes on standards.
2. Labels for Element Refinements
Pete has noted in the past that some of the labels on
our original element refinements are not as clear as
they might be. The current labels follow the current
names (which were assigned in the 'dotted concatenation'
era - sometime pre-neolithic I think!) - but there is no
requirement that they do.
Here's a set of possible revisions to the current labels:
Alternative -> Alternative Title
Available -> Date Available
Created -> Date Created
Issued -> Date Issued
Modified -> Date Modified
Spatial -> Spatial Coverage
Temporal -> Temporal Coverage
Valid -> Date Valid
3. Labels for Encoding Schemes
The labels for some of our encoding schemes are also not very helpful -
particularly to people outside the library domain. Here's some possible
DDC - > Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
IMT -> Internet Media Type
LCC - > Library of Congress Classification (LCC)
LCSH -> Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
MeSH -> Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
TGN -> Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)
UDC -> Universal Decimal Classification (UDC)
URI -> Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
W3C-DTF -> W3C Date Time Formats
4. Definitions for Encoding Schemes
Definitions for things like DDC could be improved.
Currently, they simply repeat the name or the label.
5. Other labels
a. "Subject and Keywords" to "Subject or Keywords" (or
even "Subject Classification or Keywords") -- on the
basis that the value is one or the other.
b. "Resource Type" to "Type" (on the basis that this
label is the only one to refer to the Resource
explicitly - i.e. we don't use things like 'Resource Title'.
c. "Rights Management" to "Rights" (on the basis that Rights
Management sounds too much like DRM, which dc:rights really
isn't about - dc:rights is about asserting rights, but
not about the M !).
d. "Resource Identifier" to "Identifier".