Metadata Input Guidelines: Creator and Contributor Definitions
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Sometimes it is difficult to tell whether a person/organization should be included as a creator (someone primarily responsible for creating the item) or a contributor (someone secondarily responsible for the item).
Creator or Contributor?
In some cases it depends on the kind of role.
A person or organization related to the item but not directly related to its creation is a contributor including:
- committee members (for theses and dissertations)
Some roles suggest, by definition, that a person or organization contributed to a piece of the item rather than to the whole, such as:
- author of introduction, etc.
- research team members
- witnesses (e.g., signed witnesses on patents)
In some cases it depends on the item.
For example, a photographer might be a creator of:
- a photograph (original negative or print)
- a book of images
- a slide
But a photographer might be a contributor for:
- a yearbook
- a postcard
- a newspaper
|Kinds of Items||Creators||Contributors||Example Records|
|a copy negative
(a picture of a photographic print)
also, if there are multiple organizations responsible for:
depending on the kind of map:
|a traced copy of a plat||the person(s) who:
|a single essay||
|a compilation of essays in a book||
|a recital or musical performance||
* Items marked with an asterisk are restricted to the UNT community - the records are viewable but non-UNT users cannot view/listen to the actual objects.
- The UNT guidelines do not limit the number of creators or contributors. However, due to time constraints, we will sometimes choose a specific number for a project. For example, we might include all creators, but only the first five (5) contributors for all objects in a particular project, or only include contributors that have explicity-named roles other than “staff.”
- For formatting guidelines, see the Creator page and the Contributor page.