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Top-level Element: <recordInfo>

Element <recordInfo>
Definition Information about the record.
Attributes

Common:

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Internal Linking: altRepGroup

Miscellaneous: displayLabel

Specific: None

Subelements

<recordContentSource> <recordCreationDate> <recordChangeDate> <recordIdentifier> <recordOrigin> <recordInfoNote> <languageOfCataloging> <descriptionStandard>

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Mappings MAPPINGS

Guidelines for Use

<recordInfo> is a container element that includes subelements relating to information necessary for managing metadata. This type of administrative information can help establish the provenance of a metadata record and may enable better interpretation of the content of the record. <recordInfo> may also include information that is relevant only to the creating or managing institution.

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Subelement: <recordContentSource>

Definition The code or name of the entity (e.g. an organization and/or database) that either created or modified the original record.
Attributes

Common:

Authority: authority; authorityURI; valueURI

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Specific: None

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

This information can be useful to trace the provenance of a particular metadata record. The name or code should be pulled from an authoritative list indicated by an authority attribute, such as the Organization Code Source Codes or the Code list for Cultural Heritage Organizations, both maintained by the Library of Congress If "marcorg" is used, the value in is from the MARC Code List for Organizations. If no authority attribute is included, the value is presumed to be textual (i.e. a name of an institution). <recordContentSource> should be repeated for each code or name recorded.

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Subelement: <recordCreationDate>

Definition The date or date and time when the original MODS record was first created.
Attributes

Common:

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Date: encoding; point; keyDate; qualifier; calendar

Specific: None

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

If the record is originally created in MODS, this date will reflect the original creation date of the MODS record. If the record was transformed from another source, the date will reflect the original creation date from that source. If a structured date is used, indicate the formatting source using the encoding attribute. The use of the keyDate is not recommended in this context; keyDate is intended for use in the <originInfo> element. The use of the qualifier attribute within date information in <recordInfo> is not recommended. If the creation date is not known or must be inferred, it is probably not useful to include.

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Subelement: <recordChangeDate>

Definition The date or date and time the original MODS record was last modified.
Attributes

Common:

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Date: encoding; point; keyDate; qualifier; calendar

Specific: None

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

<recordChangeDate> may serve as a version identifier for the record. If a structured date is used, indicate the formatting source using the encoding attribute. The use of the keyDate or qualifier attribute is not recommended in this context. See <recordCreationDate>.

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Subelement: <recordIdentifier>

Definition Contains the system control number assigned by the organization creating, using, or distributing the record.
Attributes

Common:

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Specific: source

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

If <recordIdentifier> is used, the use of the source attribute is recommended. The source name should be from a controlled list if possible (e.g., Organization Code Source Codes).

Specific Attribute Information

source

Definition
Contains the code or name of the entity (e.g. an organization and/or database) whose system control number is located in the <recordIdentifier> element.
Application
Possible sources for the name or code include the Organization Code Source Codes, the Code list for Cultural Heritage Organizations or the MARC Code List for Organizations, all maintained by the Library of Congress.

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Subelement: <recordOrigin>

Definition Shows the origin or provenance of the MODS record.
Attributes

Common:

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Specific: None

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

Use this subelement to record information about the origin, or provenance of the record including what methods were used to prepare the record (machine generated or human prepared) and what transformations have been applied (e.g., the result of converting an existing MARC 21 record to MARCXML and to MODS). <recordOrigin> values can be free text or an institution may establish locally-controlled values for machine processing and consistency.

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Subelement: <recordInfoNote>

Definition General textual information relating to a resource.
Attributes

Common:

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

External Linking: xlink:href; ID

Internal Linking: altRepGroup

Miscellaneous: displayLabel

Specific: type; typeURI

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

This subelement inherets the element Note definition. <recordInfoNote> is used for information that is not encoded in another, more specific MODS <recordInfo> element.

Specific Attribute Information

type

Definition

Identifies what type of note is recorded.

Application

This attribute is not controlled by a list and thus is open-ended.

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Subelement: <languageOfCataloging>

Definition

The language of the text of the record. <languageOfCataloging> is distinct from <language>; the latter is used to indicate the language of the resource being cataloged.

See guidelines for <language> (including attribute and subelement descriptions). They pertain also to <languageOfCataloging> (except where noted) and are not repeated here.

Attributes

Common:

Internal Linking: altRepGroup

Miscellaneous: displayLabel; usage

Specific: objectPart

Subelements

<languageTerm>

<scriptTerm>

Guidelines for Use

See guidelines for <language> (including attribute and subelement descriptions).  They pertain also to <languageOfCataloging> (except where noted) and are not repeated here.

Specific Attribute Information

objectPart

Definition
Defined for consistency with <language>. Unlikely to be used with <languageOfCataloging>.

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Subelement of <languageOfCataloging>: <languageTerm>

Definition Contains the language(s) of the metadata record.
Attributes

Common:

Authority: authority; authorityURI; valueURI

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Specific: type

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

<languageTerm> may be expressed in textual or coded form. If in coded form, the source of the code is contained in the value of the authority attribute. If no authority is given, it is assumed that the information is textual. If there is more than one representation of the same language (e.g., text and code), <languageTerm> is repeated. If the record is in more than one language, <languageOfCataloging> is repeated.

Specific Attribute Information

type

Definition
Identifies what type of <languageTerm> is recorded.
Application
This attribute may be used with the following values:
  • text – This value is used to express language in a textual form.
  • code – This value is used to express language in a coded form.

 

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Subelement of <languageOfCataloging>: <scriptTerm>

Definition Contains the script(s) of the metadata record.
Attributes

Common:

Authority: authority; authorityURI; valueURI

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Specific: type

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

<scriptTerm> may be expressed in textual or coded form.

If in coded form, the source of the code is contained in the value of the authority attribute. If no authority is given, it is assumed that the content is textual. If there is more than one representation of the same script (e.g., text and code), <scriptTerm> is repeated. If the record is in more than one script, <languageOfCataloging> is repeated. Record the name of the authoritative list used, if applicable, e.g. authority="iso15924". The Library of Congress maintains an online listing: Script Code and Term Source Codes.

Specific Attribute Information

type

Definition
Identifies what type of <scriptTerm> is recorded.
Application
This attribute may be used with the following values:
  • text – This value is used to express script in a textual form.
  • code – This value is used to express script in a coded form.

 

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Subelement: <descriptionStandard>

Definition Designates the rules used for the content of the description, if applicable.
Attributes

Common:

Authority: authority; authorityURI; valueURI

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Specific: None

Subelements None

Guidelines for Use

Identify in <descriptionStandard> which national or specialized description conventions, such as AACR2-based manuals for special forms of materials, were used, if any.

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EXAMPLES

<recordInfo>
<recordCreationDate encoding="marc">030211</recordCreationDate>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordCreationDate>October 8, 2002</recordCreationDate>
<recordOrigin>machine generated</recordOrigin>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordContentSource authority="marcorg">CStmoGRI</recordContentSource>
<descriptionStandard authority="marcdescription">cco</descriptionStandard>
</recordInfo>
[Record was created by Getty Research Institute using rules specified in Cataloging Cultural Objects]
<recordInfo>
<recordContentSource>Library of Congress</recordContentSource>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordIdentifier source="dlc">85753651</recordIdentifier>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordIdentifier>2001627090</recordIdentifier>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordChangeDate encoding="iso8601">20020311</recordChangeDate>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordChangeDate encoding="iso8601">20000406144503.0 </recordChangeDate>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordCreationDate encoding="w3cdtf">2001-07-12</recordCreationDate>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordContentSource>Université René Descartes Bibliothèque </recordContentSource>
<recordOrigin>human prepared</recordOrigin>
<languageOfCataloging authority="iso639-2b">fre</languageOfCataloging>
</recordInfo>
<recordInfo>
<recordContentSource authority="oclcorg">UIU</recordContentSource>
<recordOrigin>Record has been transformed into MODS from a qualified Dublin Core record using a stylesheet available at http://www.sample.edu/. Metadata originally created in a locally modified version of qualified Dublin Core (data dictionary available: http://www.sample.edu/.)</recordOrigin>
<languageOfCataloging>
<languageTerm authority= "iso639-2">eng</languageTerm>
</languageOfCataloging>
</recordInfo>

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MAPPINGS

MARC Mapping (Bibliographic)

See MARC Mapping to MODS for the <recordInfo> element.

Dublin Core Mapping

See MODS to Dublin Core Metadata Element Set Mapping.

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Last Updated: August 27, 2021