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RSLP based

Dublin Core

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A collection description schema is a structured set of metadata attributes which can be used to describe both physical and virtual collections of material in any format.

The RSLP Collection Description Schema is the set of metadata attributes which was created for describing collections within the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). Each attribute within the set has an Attribute label, an RDF property, and a Definition. Within the RSLP Schema as currently defined, no attribute is specified as mandatory.

View collection description metadata schemas based on the RSLP schema.

As other projects and work programmes realised the value of collection descriptions, the RSLP schema has been used, often with some modification, to hold collection descriptions relating to a variety of subjects, geographical areas, or collected material types. Modifications fall into three types:

  • Addition of attributes. These fall into two groups. The first group includes elements such as Audience which are displayed to the user. The second group comprises elements required for collection management functions and are typically defined as 'not for public display'. Such attributes would include more detail on collecting and withdrawal policy, when stock is reviewed, etc.
  • Omission of attributes. Certain elements may be defined as not applicable to the particular application.
  • Label and Definition Changes. Attributes from the RSLP schema may be used but have a variant Definition or a variant element Label. For example the RSLP ‘Physical Characteristics’ attribute became ‘Available Media’ in the Reveal schema.
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Content by: Shirley Keane of UKOLN.
Page last revised on: 28-Jul-2008
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