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The Discipline of Organizing: Core Concepts Edition, 3rd Edition by Robert J. Glushko

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4.5. Key Points in Chapter Four

What is the purpose of resource description?

Resource description is not an end in itself. Its many purposes are all means for enabling and using an organizing system for some collection of resources.

(See §4.2.3, “Frameworks for Resource Description” final paragraph.)

What is the disciplined process for describing resources?

The process of describing resources involves several interdependent and iterative steps, including determining scope, focus and purposes, identifying resource properties, designing the description vocabulary, designing the description form and implementation, and creating and evaluating the descriptions.

(See §4.3, “The Process of Describing Resources” and Figure 4.3, “The Process of Describing Resources.”)

What are some of the different names given to the terms used in resource descriptions?

In different contexts, the terms in resource descriptions are called keywords, index terms, attributes, attribute values, elements, data elements, data values, or “the vocabulary,” labels, or tags.

(See §4.2.2, ““Description” as an Inclusive Term”)

What is a descriptor?

In the library science context of bibliographic description, a descriptor is one of the terms in a carefully designed language that can be assigned ...

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