AbstractType 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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