What’s the Use of DC.Type? Semantic and functional aspects of the role of DC.Type within a moving image metadata generation tool

Simon Pockley


Type has come to the fore as one of the primary organizing elements in the design of input forms suitable for the generation of high quality moving image metadata. A lack of semantic precision in both the definition and in the conceptual complexity of DC.Type's encoding scheme has prompted a re-evaluation of its usefulness as an element to be populated for interchange and discovery. In order to introduce precision to this element, a distinction is made between subjectbased descriptors (genres), object based descriptors (forms), and manifestations or format-based descriptors (formats). A DCT2 vocabulary is proposed for DC.Type as a point of discussion for facilitating the deployment of domain specific encoding schemes and for filling gaps in the current list of terms.

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