Format

Element Name

Format

Definition

The digital manifestation of the resource.

Where Can the Format Information be Found?

Format is determined by examining the item.

How Format Works in the Metadata Form

Parts:
1. Format – drop-down menu
Repeatable?
No
Required?
Yes - also see more information about required fields

How Should the Format be Filled in?

Guideline Example
text - Text
 
  • Books, yearbooks, letters, newspapers, theses and dissertations, other text
text - Text
  • Artwork, posters, maps, photographs, scores
image - Image
  • For 'physical objects' format is 'Image'
image - Image
  • If none of the resource types fits, choose "Other"
other - Other

Other Examples

Yearbook
Format: text - Text
Architectural drawing
Format: image - Image
Transferware plate
Format: image - Image
Musical recording
Format: audio - Audio
U.S. Department of Agriculture bulletin
Format: text - Text
Postcard
Format: image - Image

Comments

Glossary of Resource Types:


Resource Type Code Items ————— ——— —————————————— Audio audio Sound files

Image image Two-dimensional, graphic representations

Text text Written or printed documents

Video video Moving images

Website website Collection of webpages

Other other Any other items ——————————————————————–

  • For physical (as opposed to digital) nature, including size and duration of the original resource, use the Physical Description element.
  • For categorizing the primary content of the resource (to aid in searching) use the Resource Type element.
  • Format is important because choice of appropriate preservation strategies depends on knowing the structural type of the digital manifestation

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