Cardinal Scholar - CONTENTdm Metadata Plan

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Cardinal Scholar is the institutional repository in development for Ball State University by the University Libraries.


Four main categories of assets--text, still images, video, and audio--will coexist in one CONTENTdm collection. Each category will most likely use a subset of the data fields available to the whole collection.

All Assets

Field Required Repeatable DC Mapping Note
Title Y Y dc:title
Creator/Author N Y dc:creator
Other Contributors N Y dc:contributor
Summary/Abstract N N dc:description
Subject/Tags N Y dc:subject Probably easiest to use free-text tags
Related Items N Y dc:relation This is where people could enter URLs to earlier versions. It would be nice to have an automated way to make such links reciprocal, especially if the resources have the same creator.
Related Course N Y dc:relation Perhaps useful for students using this for class projects.
Date Uploaded System Supplied N dc:date
Asset Category System Supplied N dc:type If someone were to have a piece of sheet music (perhaps a Finale or MusicXML file), what category would it fall under?


Field Required Repeatable DC Mapping Note
Literary Form N Y dc:type Use list from




Field Required Repeatable DC Mapping Note
Type of Text N Y dc:type If applicable, use list from