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Posted on Monday May 9, 2016

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

Metadata cataloguing

Theme: Supply
Indicator: Degree of descriptive metadata cataloguing in a digital collection database
Reference date: 31/08/2017 (Enumerate Core Survey 4)
Monitoring frequency: biennial
Institution types: museums, libraries, archives, other
Geographical scope: Europe

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This indicator essentially fixes the proportion of the collections of a heritage institution that are catalogued in a collection database. In the ENUMERATE core surveys the following explanatory note was added: "The estimated percentage of your entire heritage collections that has been catalogued in a collection database concerns item level descriptions (metadata records) of analogue and born-digital heritage objects." The definition of 'item level' can be somewhat ambiguous: In archives and record offices it is common practice to think in terms of hierachies of nested objects, in other cases, an item is actually a container for several objects (sheets of paper, photographs, etc.).

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