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Comment #00354 - “Contributor” in table 3 is confusing - rp-19-201x_ODI_draft_for_comments_final.pdf (revision #2)

Comment 354
New (Unresolved)
NISO RP-19-201x, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (draft for comments) (Revision 2)
Comment Submitted by
Nara Newcomer
2013-11-11 10:01:38


In table 3, section 3.2.1.3, p. 14, The term “contributor” is used to describe “the content provider that makes the record available.” However, contributor is commonly used otherwise in library standards [to mean entities that contribute to the content of the resource, not merely the metadata – see RDA and Dublin Core definitions below.] Though the term is defined, using the same term makes mapping errors likely.



Dublin Core definition of Contributor: “An entity responsible for making contributions to the content of the resource. Examples of a Contributor include a person, an organization or a service. Typically, the name of a Contributor should be used to indicate the entity.”



RDA definition of Contributor: “A person, family, or corporate body contributing to the realization of a work through an expression. Contributors include editors, translators, arrangers of music, performers, etc.”

Submitter Proposed Solution


Use a different term for “contributor.” One possibility: “metadata contributor.”