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Descriptions Working Document

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MODS Data Elements


Resource

What is a MODS Resource; What Types of Things are MODS Resources?

MODS aims to provide a set of data elements[1] that help facilitate the description[2] of all types of information media[3]. Although MODS has commonly been used to describe the types of materials curated by memory institutions[4], it is designed to be used in any environment where there is a need to model complex descriptive data. Examples of resources that might be suited to description in MODS include:

 

  • textual materials such as books and manuscripts
  • maps
  • notated music
  • sound and video recordings
  • web resources[5] and web archives
  • graphic materials
  • born-digital resources
  • mixed and multimedia objects

 

From a formal perspective, MODS defines the following classes of resources:

 

  • Cartographic
  • MixedMaterial
  • MovingImage
  • MusicalRecording
  • NonMusicalRecording
  • NotatedMusic
  • SoftwareMultimedia
  • SoundRecording
  • StillImage
  • Text
  • ThreeDimensional


all of which are direct or indirect subclasses of Resource:


Terminology Questions
1. model, schema, ontology, data dictionary, set of properties, framework ... what's the parent of these concepts?
2. discover, navigate, manage ...
3. information objects?
4. LAMs...
5. Primary resources on the web?

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