structural metadata [English]

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InterPARES Definition

n. ~ Information that documents the internal relationships among the individual parts of a compound resource.

General Notes

Structural metadata may describe which parts form a larger whole (for example, text, images, stylesheets, and fonts on a webpage), as well as the order of parts relative to each other (for example, a table of contents or page numbers).


  • Riley 2017 (†890 p. 6): Descriptive and administrative metadata are considered distinct from structural metadata, which describes the relationships of parts of resources to one another; examples include pages in a sequence, a table of contents with pointers to the beginnings of milestone sections, and connecting different resolutions or bit depth representations of identical content (†2683)