3.3.4. Format.

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Decisions related to various situations are numbered in the table and flowchart below. For each decision, find your situation according to the question and select an action.

Relation with a resource being described: Resource has format.


Note

  • It is always recommended that a controlled vocabulary be used for your collection when describing ‘format’, such as the list of Internet Media Types [MIME].
  • It is also recommended that a controlled vocabulary be used for your collection when using dcterms: medium. Because dcterms:medium has the definition of material or physical carrier of the resource,  the Internet Media Types [MIME] should NOT be used for these values.
  • If no formal controlled vocabulary exists, handle the media type like another resource.[1]

[1] See guidelines and example at: http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/User_Guide/Creating_Metadata#Guidelines_for_the_creation_of_medium_content

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