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Discovering Online Resources. Appendix: Sample Records Utilising the Dublin Core

Compiled by Paul Miller, Archaeology Data Service (


  1. A fictional archaeological example
  2. A real example from the world of film

1 A fictional archaeological example

The records, below, illustrate the way in which Dublin Core might be used to describe typical resources from the humanities. Comments are interspersed with the metadata in order to make the examples more meaningful to the casual reader. Further examples, covering the wider range of disciplines and media types examined during the course of the AHDS/UKOLN workshop series are available from the AHDS's Web pages (AHDS 1997).

Dublin Core element Scheme Element content

DC.title.main Excavations at 2 Ordnance Terrace, Chatham
This element is uncontentious. As there is no other title information given, 'main' could have been omitted and would have been assumed

DC.creator.corporateName.1 Canterbury Archaeological Trust

DC.creator.postal.1 92a Broad Street Canterbury +44 227 462062

DC.creator.role.1 contact

DC.creator.personalName.2 Paul Miller

DC.creator.affiliation.2 Archaeology Data Service

DC.creator.role.2 Metadata

DC.subject archaeology, excavation, urban, Charles Dickens
Here, a set of general terms are given, along with controlled vocabulary from the Thesaurus of Monument Types (TMT). Should it prove feasible to link directly into an online version of TMT, the increasingly hierarchical expression given above would not be necessary, as the software would be capable of establishing the relationship between 'detached house' and the generic 'dwelling'.

DC. subject TMT dwelling, house, detached house
In any display to the user, some form of look-up against the SCHEME registry would be required in order to translate the (stored) TMT into the (displayed) Thesaurus of Monument Types, and to provide access either to an on-line browsable version or to a bibliographic citation.

DC.description.short Excavations undertaken in advance of development examined the remains of a Victorian domestic dwelling, and uncovered previously unexpected Roman remains preserved beneath the cellar. The house is reputed to be the childhood home of author Charles Dickens.
The TYPE, short, displayed in the element name is actually unnecessary here, as there is no long to distinguish it from.

DC.publisher.corporateName Canterbury Archaeological Trust ISO8601 1997-06-24
The data from this project were entered into the ADS catalogue in June 1997. ISO8601 1984-06-20 ISO8601 1985-01-24
The excavation project ran from June 1984 - January 1985. ISO8601 1997-09-29
The catalogue description (metadata) held by ADS was modified in some fashion in September 1997.

DC.type ADS process

DC.format.1 IMT application/dbase

DC.format.fileSize.1 720

DC.format.2 IMT application/dxf
The archive being described includes dBase database files and AutoCAD drawing files.

DC.identifier ADS 150
Within the Archaeology Data Service's catalogue, this collection is identified as record 150.

DC.identifier CAT 1984.11
To the excavators, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, the excavation archive is identified as 1984.11.

DC.identifier K_SMR cat12356
The site is recorded within Kent County Council's Sites and Monuments Record as cat12356.

DC.identifier.url http://blah/data.dbf

DC.identifier.url http://blah/drawing1.dxf

DC.identifier.url http://blah.drawing2.dxf
These URLs provide access directly to the resources themselves.

DC.source SP ADS

DC.language ISO639 en

DC.relation.isChildO ADS 1
Like all AHDS-held resources, this one is related to the catalogue record describing the Service Provider within whose collection it falls.

DC.coverage.periodName AAT Roman, Victorian

DC.coverage.t.min.1 ISO8601 120

DC.coverage.t.max.1 ISO8601 240

DC.coverage.t.min.2 ISO8601 1803

DC.coverage.t.max.2 ISO8601 1887
The archive includes information on two phases of occupation, 'Roman' and 'Victorian'. The more precise dates of these occupations are believed to be AD 120-240 and AD 1803-1887.

DC.coverage.placeName Chatham, Kent

DC.rights AHDS free

DC.rights URL

DC.rights URL
Like all resources, this one contains a link to a generic statement of ADS rights (rights.html, which doesn't yet exist). There is also a link to a specific statement of rights relating solely to this resource.

2 A real example from the world of film, fictionally made available through the Performing Arts Data Service

Dublin Core element Scheme Element content

DC.title Oliver Twist

DC.creator.personalName.1 Catherine Owen

DC.creator.role.1 metadata

DC.creator.corporateName.2 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Educational Resources

DC.creator.role 2 contact

DC.creator.personalName.3 James Young

DC.creator.role.3 projectLeader.director

DC.creator.personalName.4 Hobert Bosworth


DC.creator.personalName.5 Edythe Chapman


DC.creator.personalName.6 Raymond Hatton


DC.creator.personalName.7 Marie Doro


DC.creator.personalName.8 Tully Marshall


DC.creator.personalName.9 James Neill


DC.creator.personalName.10 Harry J. Rattenbury


DC.creator.personalName.11 Carl Stockdale


DC.creator.personalName.12 Elsie Jane Wilson


DC.creator.personalName.13 W.S. Van Dyke


DC.creator.personalName.14 Wintrop Ames

DC.creator.role.14 majorContributor.writer

DC.creator.personalName.15 Charles Dickens

DC.creator.role.15 majorContributor.writer

DC.creator.personalName.16 James Young

DC.creator.role.16 majorContributor.writer

DC.creator.personalName.17 Harold Rosson

DC.creator.role.17 majorContributor.cinematographer

DC.creator.personalName.18 Dudley Blanchard

DC.creator.role.18 majorContributor.assistantDirector

DC.creator.personalName.19 W.S. Van Dyke

DC.creator.role.19 majorContributor.assistantDirector
Whilst a list of 19 creators may appear a little excessive to many, such a list of names is felt to best capture the peculiar requirements of the Performing Arts.

DC.subject Charles Dickens 1812-1870, Victorian fiction, early film

DC.description Oliver Twist, a boy born in the poorhouse, lives on the streets. He meets a young thief called the Artful Dodger who introduces him to Fagin - leader and teacher of a gang of youthful pickpockets. Oliver, however grateful for being taken in, is not a thief and cannot live like one. Ultimately he finds decent people who help to bring him into his own.

DC.publisher.corporateName.1 Paramount Pictures Corporation

DC.publisher.corporateName.2 Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company

DC.publisher.corporateName.3 BBC Educational Resources

DC.publisher.role.3 disseminator ISO8601 1997-06-23 ISO8601 1916-12-10 ISO8601 1997-05-15

DC.type feature film

DC.format.fileType IMT video/mpeg

DC.format.length SI 5400

DC.identifier PADS 000003

DC.source ISBN 0975497312

DC.source SP PADS

DC.language ISO693 en

DC.relation.isChildOf PADS 1

DC.rights AHDS UK_HE

DC.rights URL

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