RSLP COLLECTION DESCRIPTION METADATA SCHEMA
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). The RSLP schema is currently the 'de facto' standard in this field.
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. The RSLP Schema enables consistent formatted descriptions to be created; these are usually stored in relational databases. Descriptions can be linked through parent & child relationships (where one collection has a number of sub-collections) and association relationships (where one collection is related to another collection in some way). The schema itself does not define any data element as mandatory, but implementers usually specify whether a data element is mandatory, optional, or not applicable to certain types of collections. Implementers also specify which fields are repeatable (typically the access points Concept, Name, Object, Time, Place) and which terminology is to be used in specific data elements (e.g. Concept uses Library of Congress Subject Headings).
The data elements within the schema fall into 5 groups.
NB: Physical characteristics can be thought of as either or both a descriptive element and an access point.
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.
More information on RSLP-based collection description metadata schemas.
Modification of the RSLP schema is likely to occur in three ways.
There may be different display templates. The administration template will display all attributes, while the public template will display only some of the attributes.
See Display section