Hi Deena,


We simply use our Xpaths to distinguish which date to display. We put our machine readable dates (e.g. 2019-08-20) in dateCreated or dateIssued with an encoding attribute of edtf. The display dates (e.g. August 20, 2019) are put in the same elements, but they don’t have any attributes. This means for each date we have two date elements (one with encoding, one without). I think you can do whatever works best for you as long as you are consistent.




Meredith Hale
Metadata Librarian
The University of Tennessee Libraries
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1015 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1000


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Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 12:41 PM
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Subject: [MODS] <dateOther> as display date?


Hello, I’m new to MODS and looking for some guidance.

Our collections have a lot of dates with ranges and qualifiers, which our current platform doesn’t display fully or in a user-friendly way.

It has been suggested to me to put a user-friendly formatted date in the <dateOther> element that would be used for display.  I see there’s a <displayForm> for name (which we’re also planning on using this way), but I don’t see this as analogous from reading the element description.  I’m wondering if you’ve ever done this, and what your reactions are to the proposal. 

Thank you.




Deena M. Schwimmer, Archivist

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