I believe, at least in MODS 3.3, the location element is allowed to have
element only content. So <location>British Library</location> would simply
The "mixed content" the guidelines are describing are things like:
where the an element has both data and element child nodes. A technical
constraint against nested structures is going to pose problems for
processing MODS because, as exemplified above, the schema relies heavily
by design on nested structures.
Hope this helps.
On Wed, 9
Dec 2009, Rhonda Marker wrote:
> Sure, you can put content in the top-level "location" element in your AP.
> What you cannot do (according to the MODS guidelines and good metadata
> practice) is mix-and-match: put content (data) in BOTH <mods:location> AND
> <mods:location><mods:physicalLocation> in your AP.
> MODS User Guidelines Version 3, Introduction and Implementation, XML
> Structures: "Content of elements are included in the lowest level elements so
> as to avoid "mixed content", which is when some elements contain character
> data interspersed with child elements."
> Rhonda Marker
> Repository Collection Manager
> Rutgers University Libraries
> Neil Godfrey wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> We have a query re the use of the top-level "location" element in an
>> application profile.
>> Is it "legal" to use the "location" element as a stand-alone element --
>> that is, not as a container for a subelement such as "url" or
>> "physicalLocation" etc.? That is:
>> <mods:location>British Library</mods:location>
>> The reason this is under consideration is a technical restraint we are
>> facing that prohibits nested structures.
>> None of us has been able to point to any example of this type of use. All
>> sample records we have encountered use "location" as a container element.
>> And we are divided over how to interpret what we read in the "rules" and
>> "guidelines" on LOC's MODS pages.
>> We would appreciate clarification on this.
>> Many thanks,
>> Neil Godfrey
>> Singapore National Library
Special Collections Analyst/Librarian
Columbia University Libraries Digital Program
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