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DC.creator and multiple authors

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Some style guides suggest to repeat a DC.creator
meta-element for multiple authors, but doesn't this
contradict its specification?

"An entity primarily responsible for making
the content of the resource."
http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/

"primarily (...) in the first place"
http://www.m-w.com

"primary most important (...) more
important than anything else"
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

So if the DC.creator is /an/ (singular)
entity /primarily/ responsible, this sounds to me
as if there can not be multiple such entities.

Can it be in accordance with the DC specification
to repeat a creator definition for a resource for
multiple authors or does DC require to select one
author as the primary author and define only this
single author as the DC.creator?

Jul 20 '05 #1
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On 16 Dec 2003 03:55:10 GMT, ra*@zedat.fu-berlin.de (Stefan Ram)
wrote:
Some style guides suggest to repeat a DC.creator
meta-element for multiple authors,
If you're working wiith RDF (with rdf:Bag or a similar container),
there's a specific comment for this on how to represent multiple
creators, and how to represent a single creator of multiple people
(such as an editorial board). For the first case, the most common,
simply repeate the dc:creator property.

but doesn't this contradict its specification?

"An entity primarily responsible for making
the content of the resource."


This all depends on your interpretation of "primarily". Personally I
have no problem in regarding two joint authors as both being primarily
involved, but excluding editors or translators.

If you use qualified DC (which I'd advise anyway) then things become a
lot clearer. It's usually possible to disambiguate creators uniquely
between authors, editors and illustrators, so this primacy problem
resolves itself.
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Jul 20 '05 #2

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