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Launch of Linking Digital Objects Factsheets

We are pleased to announce the publication of four new additions to our 'How to DRI' factsheet series. This is a series of short guides for those ingesting material into DRI. These latest guides outline the methods by which those preparing metadata for ingest into DRI can incorporate information that links digital objects to each other into that metadata.

Appropriate collection organisation and complete, rich metadata records for collections and digital objects are key for searching, browsing and discovering datasets. Additionally, the ability to link digital objects to one another can enhance data visualisation and also provide the end user with richer contextual information and enhanced navigation through collections. This is particularly important when exploring a large number of digital collections.

This type of “linking” information can be captured in the metadata records, and as the DRI’s supported metadata standards include different mechanisms to incorporate such information, a crosswalk from each of these into “DRI relationship terms” has been implemented so as to allow for uniform, generic visualisation through the Repository’s user interface.

These factsheets provide information for building strong relationships between digital objects using four different metadata standards: 

  • The Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), an XML-based bibliographic description schema developed by the United States Library of Congress' Network Development and Standards Office
  • MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging) standards, a set of digital formats for the description of items catalogued by libraries.
  • Encoded Archival Description (EAD), an XML standard for encoding archival finding aids.
  • Qualified Dublin Core (QDC), a refined version of the popular Dublin Core standard, which employs additional qualifiers to further refine the meaning of a resource. See our guide to preparing QDC metadata for DRI here.

To download the latest 'How to DRI' factsheets, please visit the Factsheets section of our Publications page.