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element refinement
Equivalences:
Used by: Dublin Core metadata
Contributed by: Jenny Slater

A type of Dublin Core qualifier that is recommended for use with the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set.

"These qualifiers make the meaning of an element narrower or more specific. A refined element shares the meaning of the unqualified element, but with a more restricted scope. A client that does not understand a specific element refinement term should be able to ignore the qualifier and treat the metadata value as if it were an unqualified (broader) element. The definitions of element refinement terms for qualifiers must be publicly available."

- Taken from documentation on qualifiers at the DCMI web site.

See also:
qualifier

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