[tdwg-tapir] tapir metadata issues

Renato De Giovanni renato at cria.org.br
Tue Jul 3 03:55:21 CEST 2007

Hi all,

I see the following alternatives to the language issue:

1) Indicate through the specification one particular standard to be used
by dc:language.


2) Include dc:language elements inside a new element with an attribute
indicating the standard being used, such as:

<contentLanguages standard="ethnologue">

Where "standard" could be an extensible controlled vocabulary.


3) Extend the dc:language type so that it accepts a similar "standard"

Are there other alternatives we should consider?

I think the requirements are that:

* Language can be optional.
* There can be multiple languages.
* We must somehow know what is the standard used for the language.

I don't think it would be necessary to allow multiple language elements
where each one could be potentially related to different standards.

I don't have strong feelings about this, although I would be more inclined
to choose option 2. Option 1 would bring less impact to existing
implementations and installations, but we would need to be sure that the
standard we choose would really cover all needs.

What do you think?


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