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encoding scheme
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 identify schemes that aid in the interpretation of an element value. These schemes include controlled vocabularies and formal notations or parsing rules. A value expressed using an encoding scheme will thus be a token selected from a controlled vocabulary (e.g., a term from a classification system or set of subject headings) or a string formatted in accordance with a formal notation (e.g., "2000-01-01" as the standard expression of a date). If an encoding scheme is not understood by a client or agent, the value may still be useful to a human reader. The definitive description of an encoding scheme for qualifiers must be clearly identified and available for public use."

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

See also:
qualifier

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