Dublin Core Collection Description
Proposed Term : [Collection] Accrual Status

Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group
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This is a DCMI Working Draft.
Description of Document: This document presents a proposal from the Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group for a new domain-specific element refinement, accrualStatus.


Name accrualStatus
Label Accrual Status
Domain http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Collection [dcmitype:Collection]
Definition A statement of accrual policy (closed, passive, active, partial/selective), accrual method (purchase, deposit) and accrual periodicity (closed, irregular, periodic).
Comment [n/a]

The accrual status of a library collection:

The Library at Queen's currently acquires approximately 1,500 volumes annually, excluding British Parliamentary Papers. Non-Parliamentary Publications for England and Wales and for Scotland are acquired as requested. All Northern Ireland Official Publications are collected. Blanket standing orders are used for TSO publications
Type of term Element refinement
Term qualified Description, Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, v1.1 [dc:description]
Why needed

Information about whether a collection is still being added to, and under what conditions, may be important in helping a user to select a resource and/or, having selected a resource, to interpret the resource.

Working Group support (to be confirmed).
Proposed status Conforming
Related DCMI terms None.
Related non-DCMI terms

The International Standard for Archival Description (ISAD(G)), Second Edition (2000) is a descriptive standard for archival records. It can be applied to units of description at any level from the collection (or fonds) to the individual item, and includes a related element:

  • 3.3.3 Accruals

    Purpose: To inform the user of foreseen additions to the unit of description.

    Rules: Indicate if accruals are expected. Where appropriate, give an estimate of their quantity and frequency.

ISAD(G) does not itself provide a machine-readable binding.

The Encoded Archival Description (EAD) DTD is a standard for encoding archival finding aids using SGML or XML. It includes an XML element:

  • <accruals> Accruals

    Information about anticipated additions to the materials being described. Can indicate quantity and frequency. Can also be used to indicate that no additions are expected.

This is an XML elements, not an RDF property.

Impact on applications If existing DC applications for collection-level description capture this data, they probably do so as part of the value of a dc:description element. The introduction of a distinct term allows the metadata creator to separate this subset of information from the description of the scope and content of the collection. As the proposed term is defined as a refinement of dc:description, a statement using the proposed term can be "dumbed-down" to a statement using a dc:description element.
About the proposers

The term is proposed by the Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group. One of the primary aims of the WG is the development of a Dublin Core Application Profile (DCAP) for collection-level description, i.e. for the description of a collection as a resource, rather than the description of the individual items that make up that collection.

Records of the activity of the WG are available in the mailing list archives.

The current draft of the Collection Description Application Profile is available at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcmi/collection-application-profile/

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