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Linking parties to collections, activities and service aids discovery, provides context and gives recognition to people and organisations associated with collections. However, consider whether you need to create a RegistryObject for parties (i.e. a party record). Research Data Australia treats parties linked via RelatedObject or RelatedInfo in almost exactly the same way: the indexing and display of names are equivalent; however, an advantage of using RelatedObject is that reverse links are generated from the Party Object, allowing all collections related to that Party to be displayed when a Party name is clicked on (this functionality will hopefully be available with RelatedInfo links in a future release). The advantage of using RelatedInfo is that it is the simplest (and most sustainable) way to link parties to collections, activities and services with a globally unique persistent identifier. Whichever option is chosen, contributors are strongly encouraged to provide a globally unique identifier such as an ORCID or NLA Party identifier in their records. Identifiers support a linked data approach that enables relationships between resources to be identified and displayed in Research Data Australia regardless of the source of the record.

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Label in the RDA Registry

Schema element or attribute name

Obligation

Repeatable

Definition

registry object

<registryObject>

Mandatory

 

A wrapper element for metadata records (registry objects). It has no relationship to objects being described, but exists solely as part of the interchange infrastructure.

originating source

<originatingSource>

Mandatory

N

The entity holding the managed version of the registry object metadata, as represented by a URI. The primary source of truth for the metadata record.

group

@group

Mandatory

N

The organisation that is contributing the metadata record (registryObject), that is, the metadata publisher.

key

<key>

Mandatory

N

A unique string that persistently identifies a metadata record within the RDA Registry.

party

<party>

Mandatory

N

“Party” is one of four classes of things that may be described in a metadata record.

Party Type

@type

Mandatory

N

The type of party selected from a predefined list.

name/title

<name>

Mandatory

Y

The name or title given to a party.

description

<description>

Optional

Y

A plain text description of a party.

location/address

<location>

Optional

Y

For a party, relevant locations may include a physical address or an electronic address (e.g. a web page URL or email address). Do not use spatial location in party records if you have a better form of location.

related object (party)
OR
related info (party)

<relatedObject>
OR
<relatedInfo>

Optional

Y

A  related party linked to the party using an object key or an identifier.

related object (collection)
OR
related info (collection)  

<relatedObject>
OR
<relatedInfo>

Optional

Y

A related collection linked to the party using an object key or an identifier.

related object (activity)
OR
related info (activity)

<relatedObject>
OR
<relatedInfo>

Optional

Y

A related activity linked to the party using an object key or an identifier.

related object (service)
OR
related info (service)

<relatedObject>
OR
<relatedInfo>

Optional

Y

A related service linked to the party using an object key or an identifier.

related info<relatedInfo>OptionalYAdditional information related to the party, including a website.

existence dates

<existenceDates>

Optional

Y

The start and end dates of the existence of the party being described, e.g. birth and death dates for persons, or dates of establishment, incorporation, dissolution or other start and end dates for organisations.

identifier

<identifier>

Optional

Y

A sequence of characters or words that uniquely identify an party within a particular context or the domain of a specified authority.

subject

<subject>

Optional

Y

A term, keyword, classification code or phrase representing the primary topic or topics covered by a party.

date modified

@date modified

Optional

N

The date the party record metadata was last changed in the source system.

<element>; @ = attribute

 

Info

Do not use spatial or temporal coverage in party records. Coverage is not relevant to parties.

 

Party attributes

Anchor
partytypes
partytypes
Party Types

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