Descriptive Metadata for
Audio-Oriented Digital Collections


Data Tables 4-5

Table 4: Observed Metadata Elements: Collection Level
Table 5: Observed Metadata Elements: Aggregate Level (Summarized)

Table 4: Observed Metadata Elements: Collection Level

  • Column A: Average number of elements per record.
  • Column B: Number of elements common to all sample records.
  • Column C: Total number of unique elements found in all sample records.
  • Column D: Difference between column A and column B.
  • Column E: Difference between column C and column B.
Collection Name B C A E D
Dismarc [Dismarc] 9.6 2 21 7.6 11.4
Spoken Word Services [SWS] 10.2 7 14 3.2 3.8
CHARM [CHARM] 10.4 4 17 6.4 6.6
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project [CPDP] 10.6 9 13 1.6 2.4
BL Archival Sound Recordings [ASR] 10.75 5 25 5.75 14.25
Freesound Project [FSP] 10.8 10 12 0.8 1.2
James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection [JKC] 12 12 12 0 0
SemArch [SemArch] 13 13 13 0 0
Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog [TMSWC] 13.2 10 17 3.2 3.8
G. Robert Vincent Voice Library [VVL] 13.4 11 14 2.4 0.6
ILAM Digital Sound Archive [ILAM] 14 14 14 0 0
Digital Library of Appalachia [DLA] 15.5 8 23 7.5 7.5
Nat. Film & Sound Archive, Australia [NFSA] 16.2 9 25 7.2 8.8
Milman Parry Collection [MPC] 17.4 13 21 4.4 3.6
DEKKMMA [DEKKMMA] 20.4 10 27 10.4 6.6
Virtual Gramophone [VG] 20.4 16 24 4.4 3.6
The Henry Reed Collection [HRC] 24 21 27 3 3
Xeno-Canto America [XCA] 24 24 24 0 0
Average 14.77 11 19.06 3.77 4.29
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Table 5: Observed Metadata Elements: Aggregate Level (Summarized)

  • This table summarizes Table 6.
  • Only elements that appeared in 75% of the sample records from a given collection were included in this list.
  • Elements were organized into groupings through an intuitive affinity process.
  • The groupings were given names and organized as sub-categories of seven metadata categories identified by Lagoze, Lynch, & Daniel (1996).
Categories & Sub-Categories Number of Observed Elements Number of Collections Represented Notes
1.0 Descriptive      
1.1 Title 22 17  
1.2 Contributor/Author 29 16  
1.3 Keywords 16 13  
1.4 Description/Notes 18 16  
1.5 Music Specific Details 21 4 1 element from JKC, with the remainder from DEKKMMA, HRC, & XCA.
1.6 Date 16 13  
1.7 Place 21 12 12 elements from DEKKMMA, SemArch & XCA. 1 element combines date & time.
1.8 Language 6 5  
2.0 Administrative      
2.1 Identification Numbers (e.g. Issue or Archival Reference Numbers) 23 14  
3.0 Terms & Conditions      
3.1 Legal/Rights 4 4  
4.0 Content Ratings      
4.1 Ratings and Download Statistics 2 1  
5.0 Provenence      
5.1Publisher 8 3 5 elements from VG
5.2 Collection Source 7 7  
6.0 Linkage      
6.1 Relation 5 5  
7.0 Structural      
7.1 Format/Physical Description 15 9  
7.2 Duration 6 6  
7.3 Filesize 5 3  
Total 223    
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This website was created by John Huck in March, 2010
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta