Digital Collection

Requirement Level: Required if Applicable

Core Element: Yes

Describes: Digital Surrogate

Explanation

The name of the digital or virtual collection of related items, which the described resource is a part of. An item may be part of a digital collection, a physical source collection, or both. A digital object may also be part of multiple digital collections. See also Source Collection.

Examples

Digitized map

Digital Atlanta: Atlanta maps

Digitized book

Emory Digital Library Publications Program

Digitized object in an online exhibit

William Levi Dawson: the Collection at Emory University

Collection of related surveys’ data Annual Library Surveys, Emory University Dataverse

Mappings and Encoding

Dublin Core:

relation

See recommended mappings for additional standards.

How Do I Fill This In?

Repeatable:

Yes

Recommended Data Entry Type:

Free-text entry

Recommended/default values:

Digital collection names are free-text entries, but the metadata creator should strive for consistency.  It is strongly recommended that metadata creators use collection names already in use if applicable.

System Tips:

Existing online collections in Emory systems should already have established Digital Collection names in place, which should be re-used consistently.  Some systems have restrictions on the length of collection names.  For instance, the LUNA Digital Gallery system limits collection names to 50 characters. 

Help/Troubleshooting

What is the difference between Source Collection and Digital Collection?

The Source Collection refers to the original collection - often an archival source collection, where the materials are physically related, or related by other provenance.

A Digital Collection is a virtual collection of purely digital objects, where digital items may be presented together from one or more Source Collections.

Page last modified: 2015-02-16