CARARE metadata schema
CARARE defined Version 1.0 of its metadata schema to support the delivery of metadata to the CARARE service environment and to Europeana. Version 2.0 of the schema was prepared in the framework of the 3D ICONS project.
The CARARE metadata schema is a harvesting schema intended for delivering metadata to the CARARE service environment about an organisation’s online collections, monument inventory database and digital objects. The strength of the schema lies with its ability to support the full range of descriptive information about monuments, building, landscape areas and their representations. It does not support activities such as monument management and protection.
The schema is an application profile based on MIDAS Heritage and the POLIS DTD for monument inventories. MIDAS Heritage is a detailed standard intended for the full documentation of all aspects of heritage management not all of which are relevant to the CARARE service environment. The CARARE schema’s focus is on the detailed description of monuments, events in which the monument has been involved and digital resources which represent the monument and provide sources of information about it.
The main information classes are:
- Heritage asset – this includes archaeological monuments, historic buildings, industrial monuments, archaeological landscape areas, shipwreck, artefacts and ecofacts
- Digital resource – this includes images, drawings, plans, maps, archives, publications and 3D models representing a heritage asset.
- Collection information – this describes the collection which holds the content being provided.
- Activity – this includes both historical events which took place at the heritage assets (such as building, alternation, demolition, battles, etc) and archaeological events (such as excavations, surveys, etc).
Version 2.0 of the CARARE metadata schema takes into account the experience gained as a result of aggregating metadata for Europeana from the 24 CARARE content providers, developments in EDM and the requirements of the 3D ICONS project to extend the activity class to include paradata and provenance of 3D models from the CIDOC CRM DIG.