I think a relatedItem type specific to datasets is too narrow in scope for the types of material that may accompany a digital object being deposited in a repository. If a set of files for a computer program is the thing being deposited and it comes with a manual, could one use a relatedItem type to associate the text manual with the software program? Or is there another way to do this in MODS?
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> From: "Rebecca Guenther" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Re: [MODS] MODS relatedItem to associate datasets with research publications
> The MODS Editorial Committee will consider this a proposal and discuss adding
> another type value to relatedItem. As you say, such a property is in
> Rebecca Squire Guenther
> Library of Congress, Network Development and MARC Standards Office
> Washington, DC
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> From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On Behalf Of Simone Sacchi
> Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:49 PM
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> Subject: [MODS] MODS relatedItem to associate datasets with research
> We are using MODS as the metadata schema for our digital repository, Academic
> Commons. AC contains the scholarly work from Columbia faculty, students,
> and staff of Columbia University. Increasingly, we are receiving data files
> along with the research publication (e.g. a conference paper). We would
> like to describe these related files in a relatedItem section of the main
> record, but none of the existing relatedItem types appears to fit this case.
> The existing types are:
> Have other MODS users encountered this issue? If yes, how did you handle it?
> Would it be useful to introduce a new type to cover this situation?
> MARC 21 includes the 786 (Data Source Entry) for "Information pertaining to
> a data source to which the described item is related. It may contain
> information about other files, printed sources, or collection procedures".
> There is also dataSource in BIBFRAME. Definition: "Has data source / Work
> that is a data source to which the described resource is related.
> It may contain information about other files, printed sources, or collection
> Looking forward to any suggestions / feedback.
> All the best,
> Simone Sacchi
> Research and Scholarship Initiatives Manager CDRS - Center for Digital
> Research and Scholarship Columbia University http://www.cdrs.columbia.edu
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