MSP2 Metadata Documentation: version 1.00

This metadata framework documentation provides:

The table below organizes the metadata fields in alphabetical order across and then down:

Access Access or copyright Altitude - maximum
Altitude - minimum Altitude - units Audience
Contributor Coverage Date - coverage
Date - end Date - publication Date - record
Date - start Description - coverage Description - resource
Duration Educational Educational level
Format General Keyword
Language - of the resource Latitude - north limit Latitude - south limit
Lifecycle Location Longitude - east limit
Longitude - west limit Mime type Record ID - library catalog number
Related resource Resource type Role
Standard Standard - ASN Subject - disability, gender, ethnicity
Subject - educational issues Subject - mathematics Subject - science
Subjects - educational, math and science Title - related Title - resource
Type - related resource URL - related URL - resource
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Access

xpath - /record/lifecycle/access
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - information on the availability of a resource with indications to conditions or regulations the rights owner may have imposed with regard to granting access to a resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Free access, Available for purchase
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Rock sample kit

Native American resource

BioOne

Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment

Alice

teachers' domain

ExploreLearning

MicrobeLibrary.org

Elsevier

Professional society content

A Content Review System

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Access or copyright

xpath - /record/lifecycle/rights
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - information about rights held in and over the resource, including intellectual property, copyright, terms of use, privacy, access or reuse
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - Copyright (c) 2006 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Altitude - maximum

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@upLimit
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a value for the maximum altitude or depth value
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - decimal
Domain - ... -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, ....
Domain example - 5280
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Altitude - minimum

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@downLimit
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a value for the minimum altitude or depth value
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - decimal
Domain - ... -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, ....
Domain example - 5280
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Altitude - units

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@zUnits
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the units of measure for the altitude or depth value
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - centimeters (cm), feet (ft)
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Audience

xpath - /record/educational/audience
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a broad category that best describes the recipient or user for whom the resource is primarily intended
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Leaner, General public
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Contributor

xpath - /record/lifecycle/contributor
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - individuals or organizations that have created, published or contributed to the resource.
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - NASA, National Geographic Society, John Smith
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Coverage

xpath - /record/coverage
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - details geospatial and temporal characteristics of a resource by using latitude/longitude, dates or a description
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Child elements - educationLevel, audience, resourceType, standard_ASN_ID, standard, relatedResource, duration
Data types - complex
Domain - child elements
Domain example - <audience>, <resourceType>, etc.

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Date - coverage

xpath - /record/coverage/date
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a specific calendar date or time period covered by the resource
Obligation - choice
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Attributes - start, end
Data types - complex
Domain - attribute elements
Domain example - Not applicable.

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Date - end

xpath - /record/coverage/date/@end
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the ending date of a period of time covered by a resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - date, gYearMonth, gYear, dateTime
Domain - numerical date format
Domain example - 2004-10-15, 2004-10, 2004
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Date - publication

xpath - /record/lifecycle/publicationDate
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the date the resource was made available in its present form.
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - date, gYearMonth, gYear, dateTime
Domain - numerical date format
Domain example - 2004-10-15, 2004-10, 2004

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Date - record

xpath - /record/general/recordDate
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the creation date of the metadata record
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - date, gYearMonth, gYear, dateTime
Domain - numerical date format
Domain example - 2004-10-15, 2004-10, 2004

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Date - start

xpath - /record/coverage/date/@start
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the specific calendar date or the beginning date of a period of time covered by a resource
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - date, gYearMonth, gYear, dateTime
Domain - numerical date format
Domain example - 2004-10-15, 2004-10, 2004
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Description - coverage

xpath - /record/coverage/description
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a time period or geographic area covered by the resource that cannot be expressed using specific dates or geographic coordinates
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - Springtime, Fall semester.
Other occurrences in framework - true

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Description - resource

xpath - /record/general/description
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a brief (50-125 words) but comprehensive explanation of the resource that summarizes the content of a resource
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - This resource is about snow.
Other occurrences in framework - true

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Duration

xpath - /record/educational/duration
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the time length to play an audio, video or audiovisual resource continuously at intended speed
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - duration
Domain - numerical duration format
Domain example - P1Y2M3DT10H30M, PT1M40S
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Educational

xpath - /record/educational
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - features related to the creation, publication, access, intellectual property, copyright, terms of use, duration or relations of a resource, including persons or organizations contributing to or owning the content of a resource or related resources
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Child elements - educationLevel, audience, resourceType, standard_ASN_ID, standard, relatedResource, duration
Data types - complex
Domain - child elements
Domain example - <audience>, <resourceType>, etc.

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Educational level

xpath - /record/educational/educationLevel
Framework version - 1.02

Definition - a general statement describing the education or training context. Alternatively, a more specific statement of the location of the audience in terms of its progression through an education or training context.
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - Controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Middle School, High School

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Format

xpath - /record/general/format
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the file format, physical medium, size or dimensions of the resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - 800x600, rock samples, application/sgml, 20 megabytes
Other occurrences in framework - false

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General

xpath - /record/general
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the primary and descriptive characteristics about a resource that include title, description, topics, language and mime type
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Child elements - title, recordIDate, recordID, description, subjects, url, keyword, gsdlSubject, language, mimeType, format
Data types - complex
Domain - child elements
Domain example - <title>, <description>, etc.

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Keyword

xpath - /record/general/keyword
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a concept or idea that expresses detailed information about the content of a resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - ozone, longwave radiation

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Language - of the resource

xpath - /record/general/language
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the primary human language or languages of the content in the learning object
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - language
Domain - ISO Code for two-letter language abbreviations
Domain example - en-US, es, fr

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Latitude - north limit

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@northLimit
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the northernmost latitude, in decimal degrees, for a geographic location associated with the resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - decimal
Domain - -90.00 to 90.00
Domain example - -36.58
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Latitude - south limit

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@southLimit
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the southernmost latitude, in decimal degrees, for a geographic location associated with the resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - decimal
Domain - -90.00 to 90.00
Domain example - -36.58
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Lifecycle

xpath - /record/lifecycle
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - features related to the creation, publication, access, intellectual property, copyright or terms of use of a resource, including persons or organizations contributing to or owning the content of a resource
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Child elements - publicationDate, accessOrCopyright, rightsURL, accessRights, contributor
Data types - complex
Domain - child elements
Domain example - <publicationDate>, <contributor>, etc.

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Location

xpath - /record/coverage/location
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the name of a geographic location associated with the resource
Obligation - required metadata if parent tag is present
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - Mt. Vesuvius, Italy; Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Longitude - east limit

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@eastLimit
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the easternmost longitude, in decimal degrees, for a geographic location associated with the resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - decimal
Domain - -180.00 to 180.00
Domain example - -123.46
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Longitude - west limit

xpath - /record/coverage/location/@westLimit
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Definition - the westernmost longitude, in decimal degrees, for a geographic location associated with the resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - decimal
Domain - -180.00 to 180.00
Domain example - -123.46
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Mime type

xpath - /record/general/mimeType
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - identifies the technical datatype (file format) or digital manifestation of a resource
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - application/msword, text/html

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Record ID - library catalog number

xpath - /record/general/recordID
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the identification (library catalog) number of the metadata record cataloging a particular resource
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - auto generated
Domain example - DLESE-000-000-000-123

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Related resource

xpath - /record/educational/relatedResource
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the creation of a connection between resources that includes a title, URL and type of relationship
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Attributes - type, URL, title
Data types - complex
Domain - attributes
Domain example - /@type, /@title, /@url
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Resource type

xpath - /record/educational/resourceType
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Definition - the nature, function or typical use of a learning or teaching resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - Controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Assessment Material, Dataset

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Role

xpath - /record/lifecycle/contributor/@role
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the role an individual or organization has in the creation, publication or contribution to a resource.
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - NASA, National Geographic Society, John Smith
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Standard

xpath - /record/educational/standard
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - a vision of a scientifically literate populace by outlining what students need to know, understand, and be able to do to be scientifically literate at different grade levels
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - This resource meets the training standard
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Standard - ASN

xpath - /record/educational/standard_ASN_ID
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Definition - standards information encoded as ASN URL identifiers
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - ASN URL identifiers
Domain example - http://purl.org/ASN/resources/S10245A5
Other occurrences in framework - false

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Subject - disability, gender, ethnicity

xpath - /record/general/gsdlSubject
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - disability, gender, ethnicity areas addressed by the resource
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Disability, Disability:By author with disability

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Subject - educational issues

xpath - /record/general/subjects/educationalSubject
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Definition - educational issues the resource addresses
Obligation - choice
Minimum occurrences - 1 or 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Achievement, Equity or Teaching strategies

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Subject - mathematics

xpath - /record/general/subjects/mathSubject
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Definition - mathematics topics covered by the resource
Obligation - choice
Minimum occurrences - 1 or 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Process skills:Spatial sense or Statistics:Data analysis

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Subject - science

xpath - /record/general/subjects/scienceSubject
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Definition - science topics covered by the resource
Obligation - choice
Minimum occurrences - 1 or 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Physical science:Light, Life science:Plants

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Subjects - educational, math and science

xpath - /record/general/subjects
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Definition - a list of educational, math or science topics that a resource is about
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - complex
Domain - child elements
Domain example - <mathSubject>, <scienceSubject>

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Title - related

xpath - /record/educational/relatedResource/@title
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Definition - the name of a related resource
Obligation - required metadata if parent tag is present
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - Density: Oil and Water Don't Mix
Other occurrences in framework - true

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Title - resource

xpath - /record/general/title
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Definition - the name by which the learning object is either formally or informally known
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - free text
Domain example - Density: Oil and Water Don't Mix
Other occurrences in framework - true

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Type - related resource

xpath - /record/educational/relatedResource/@type
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Definition - kind of relationship between two resources
Obligation - required metadata if parent tag is present
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - controlled vocabulary
Domain example - Has part, References
Other occurrences in framework - false

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URL - related

xpath - /record/educational/relatedResource/@url
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Definition - the web address of a related resource
Obligation - required metadata if parent tag is present
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - patterned text
Domain example - http://msteacher.org/
Other occurrences in framework - true

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URL - resource

xpath - /record/general/url
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Definition - the unique identifier for a specific resource
Obligation - required
Minimum occurrences - 1
Maximum occurrences - 1
Data types - string
Domain - patterned text
Domain example - http://msteacher.org/
Other occurrences in framework - true

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URL - rights

xpath - /record/lifecycle/rights/@url
Framework version - 1.00

Definition - the web address of rights statements associated with the resource including intellectual property, copyright, terms of use, privacy, access or reuse
Obligation - optional
Minimum occurrences - 0
Maximum occurrences - unbounded
Data types - string
Domain - patterned text
Domain example - http://msteacher.org/
Other occurrences in framework - true

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Last updated: 2009-10-29
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