Format Field

Field name: Your choice (default = "Format")

DC Element: Format

The physical characteristics or digital manifestation of the resource. Dublin Core intended the Format field to be used to determine the kind of software, hardware or other equipment needed to view the resource. Information about size and duration could also be included.

The UW Libraries projects have so far used this field for information about the digital conversion process, date scanned, and the digital image format.

Examples of field names:

  • Format
  • Transmission Data
  • File Format

Examples of data:

  • Scanned using an Olympus C200z digital camera at 72 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3
  • jpeg

Recommended format:

  • Just be consistent--use the same terms in the same form for the same format.

Recommended controlled vocabulary: