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LAH/HMN350: Giving Voice to Hidden Histories / Lang

Dublin Core

Dublin Core

Dublin Core is the most common metadata schema for web content.

Named in part for a 1995 metadata conference hosted by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) located in Dublin, Ohio, Dublin Core consists of 15 elements that were considered broad and generic enough to describe a wide range of resources. 

Dublin Core Metadata Element Set

Element Description


A name given to the resource, either supplied by the individual assigning metadata or from the object.

Example: "A Pilot's Guide to Aircraft Insurance"


Entity responsible for making the resource.

Example: "Duncan, P. A."


The topic of the resource, typically represented using keywords.

Example: "Colonial medicine"


An account of the resource.

Example: "Illustrated guide to airport markings and lighting signals for airports with low visibility conditions."


An entity responsible for making the resource available.

Example: "The University of Texas Press"


An entity responsible for making contributions to the resource (e.g. editor, transcriber, illustrator).

Example: "Austin Citizen Photograph"


The spatial or temporal topic of the resource.

Example: "Austin, TX"


A point or period of time associated with the resource.

Example: "1998-02-16"


The nature or genre of the resource. For a list of possible types, visit the DCMI Type Vocabulary.

Example: "image"


The file format, physical medium, or dimensions of the resource.

Example: "[128] p. : ill. ; 15 cm."


Information about rights held over the resource.

Example: "This electronic resource is made available by the University of Texas Libraries solely for the purposes of research, teaching and private study."


A related resource from which the described resource is derived. Enter Harry Ransom Center or Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, etc. The entity on campus.

Example: "Harry Ransom Center"


Language(s) of the resource.

Example: "Spanish"


A related resource. Is there a named collection that has been officially designated by the source? You have the option of putting the box and folder numbers here.

Example: "Greta Earwig Collection for Women Authors, Box 134AA, Folder 12"


A unique reference to the resource.

Example: "doi:10.15781/T2251FN91"

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