OpenWMS Metadata Guide

Descriptive Metadata


Section: Language

Last updated: December 19th, 2008
Name
language
Schema
MODS
Definition
This section provides the name of the language or languages of the content of the item. The content may be written, spoken, or sung.

language is a parent element which has the following components:
  • Attributes:
    • objectPart
  • Subelements:
    • languageTerm
Usage Note
Resources may contain one or more languages; English is the default language.
Repeatable
Y
Name
languageObjectPart
Label
Language - Object Part
Definition
Indicates to which part of the resource the language is supplied.
Controlled Vocabulary
titles; subtitles; intertitles; captions; sound track
Name
languageLanguageTerm
Label
Language - Language Term
Definition
languageTerm identifies the language(s) of a given resource.

languageTerm has the following components:
  • A value (the textual or coded term)
  • Attributes:
    • type
    • authority
Usage Note
The value may be expressed in textual or coded form. If in coded form, the source of the code is contained in the authority attribute. If no authority is given, the content is textual.

If some or all of the resource is in a language other than English, the appropriate language is selected from the drop down list.

Special situations:
  • If language cannot be identified, code as "mis" for uncoded languages.
  • If multiple languages are present and it is not practical to identify all of them, code as "mul" for multiple languages.
  • When no language is present [this is mostly applicable to moving images and sound recordings], a value for no linguistic content should be used. Additionally, if sign language is used in a moving image, a code for sign languages should be used.
  • If no linguistic content, code as "zxx".
Example(s)
Greenlandic [text]; Kal [code for Greenlandic]
Name
languageLanguageTermType
Label
Language - Term Type
Definition
Method to encode or provide language textually.
Controlled Vocabulary
text; code
Name
languageLanguageTermAuthority
Label
Language - Term source
Definition
Authoritative coding language.
Controlled Vocabulary
ISO 639-2b [http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php], a bibliographic language code

rfc3066 [http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3066.txt], a language identifier specified by the Internet Best Current Practice specification RFC3066

Local, terms provided by the local institution.




 
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