Comparison of collection description schemes

This page lists the attributes available within the following metadata schemes: These schemes are either currently in use, or are proposed as being potentially suitable for collection level descriptions.

Attributes are grouped into 3 general areas:

those attributes that describe the collection. May include title, text description, subject area, strengths/weaknesses, quality(?), relationships(?).
those attributes that describe how to access the collection. May include, host, port, protocol type information for online resources. May include opening times, physical location for physical resources.
Terms and conditions
those attributes that describe any terms and conditions that apply to the collection or to items within the collection. May include licencing, rights management, price.

Note that in some schemes attributes appear in more than one group.

The aim is to determine a 'core' set of collection description attributes.

Scheme Collection Access Terms and conditions
Dublin Core Title, Subject, Description, Creator, Publisher, Contributor, Date, Type, Format, Source, Language, Relation, Coverage, Date, Format, Identifier, Rights,
GILS Originator, Contributor, Date Of Publication, Place of Publication, Language of Resource, Abstract, Controlled Subject Index, Subject Terms Uncontrolled, Spatial Domain, Time Period, Sources of Data, Methodology, Supplemental Information, Purpose, Agency Program, Cross Reference, Schedule Number, Control Identifier, Original Control Identifier, Record source, Language of Record, Date of Last Modification, Record Review Date, Availability, Point of Contact, Access Constraints, Use Constraints,
ROADS SERVICE template Title, Admin, Owner, Sponsoring, Publisher, Description, Authentication, Keywords, Short-Title, Alternative-Title, Language, ISSN, Discussion, Source, Category, Subject-Descriptor, Subject-Descriptor-Scheme, URI, Access-Times, Registration, Access-Policy, Charging-Policy,
WASRV Owner, Content-Owner, Geographic-Location, Description, Service-URL, Service, Server-Name, Server-Port, Protocol-Version, Availability, Cost,
ISAD(G) Reference code, Title, Dates of creation of the material in the unit of description, Level of description, Extent of the unit of description, Name of creator, Administrative/Biographical history, Dates of accumulation of the unit of description, Custodial history, Immediate source of acquisition, Scope and content/Abstract, Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information, Accruals, System of arrangement, Location of originals, Existence of copies, Related units of description, Associated material, Publication note, Note,   Legal status, Access conditions, Copyright/Conditions governing reproduction, Language of material, Physical characteristics, Finding aids,

Maintained by: Andy Powell
Last updated: 24-Sep-1998

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