The type attribute used with physicalLocation was added to MODS in version 3.1 to indicate different kinds of locations, e.g. to distinguish between current and former location and for things like art objects or naturally occuring objects to distinguish between location found vs. location created. The incentive for defining these came out of the development of the content standard Cataloging Cultural Objects. It does not apply only to digital objects in a repository. These type values are not enumerated within the MODS schema.
This wasn't intended to be used for the venue of a music performance when the item that you are describing is a recording of some sort of that performance. The note type "venue" is used and the location of the event could also be used under <name>, either a geographic name or an organizational name.
An example of how we've done these in our Performing Arts Encyclopedia is here:
(MODS XML: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200003788/mods.xml)
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>>> Matthew Herring <[log in to unmask]> 3/24/2010 6:41 AM >>>
Hi. I'm a little confused about the use of mods:location. It is defined in
the user guidelines as being for the location (physical or online) of the
resource - e.g. a repository - and it always seems to be used this way.
However, under the 'type' attribute for physicalLocation it is suggested
that terms such as creation and discovery may be used, suggesting (to me, at least) that it may be used for other types of location (in what sense is a resource 'discovered' in a repository, unless it has really lousy finding aids?!). I'm looking for a way of describing in MODS the venue of a music performance. I know that I can use mods:note with a 'type' attribute, but I wondered if it is valid to use physicalLocation (with a suitable 'type' attribute) for this.
Does anyone have any thoughts?
Many thanks indeed,
University of York, UK