[tdwg-content] dcterms:creator

Bob Morris morris.bob at gmail.com
Fri Jan 14 21:13:02 CET 2011

Keep up the good work Steve! You are well on your way to inventing RDF.  :-)


On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Steve Baskauf
<steve.baskauf at vanderbilt.edu> wrote:
> It seems to me that part of the problem here is that there are several
> types of resources that are being mixed.  There is the specimen itself,
> there is the image of the specimen, and there is the metadata record.
> The person digitizing the specimen is the dc:creator of the specimen
> image.  The collector of the specimen or the collector's institution is
> the dc:creator of the specimen.  The person entering the metadata into
> the computer or that person's institution is the dc:creator of the
> metadata record.  Of course a lot of people aren't going to care about
> this level of detail in keeping separate records for those three types
> of resources.  But those same people also probably aren't going to care
> about keeping separate records of who all of the different creators are
> either.
> The same kind of issue exists with other terms, such as dc:language and
> dcterms:created.  If you specify dc:language, is that the language on
> the specimen label, the language of other things on the image (like text
> on added scale bars), or the language of the metadata?  Again, I think
> the solution is to be clear about what resource one is talking about
> rather than to try to come up with separate terms for creator, language,
> and created for three different types of resources.
> Steve
> Gregor Hagedorn wrote:
>> Using Creator is ok for the person digitizing the specimen (although
>> contributor may be more appropriate), but the person who originally
>> wrote the label is an dc:creator as well.
>> dcterms are meant to have a wide scope and by information-lossy. My
>> comment is only: do not define: if there is a dc:creator, then it was
>> the person who digitized.
>> Gregor
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