Jenny Bunn Discussion started by Jenny Bunn 1 year ago

ISAD(G) says:

Purpose – To identify the language(s), script(s) and symbol systems employed in the unit of description.

Rule – Record the language(s) and/or script(s) of the materials comprising the unit of description. Note any distinctive alphabets, scripts, symbol systems or abbreviations employed. Optionally, also include the appropriate ISO codes for language(s) or script(s)

We say:

For born digital material, there is potential for confusion with regards to this element as there are also computer languages and scripts. For avoidance of doubt, this field should be populated on the assumption that the language and scripts are to be understood in human readable and textual terms only. Details of more technical languages e.g. javascript, SQL, should not be recorded here. Rather it is anticipated that such details will be dealt with under 3.4.4 Physical characteristics and technical requirements.

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Jane Stevenson
Jane Stevenson I wonder if it is even more useful for language to be considered mandatory for digital materials? It enables potential searching by language, and as... Show more 1 year ago
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Andrew Janes
Andrew Janes I like Jane's idea but I wonder how practical it is to make this element mandatory, especially as it is likely to require checking each file... Show more 1 year ago
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Jane Stevenson
Jane Stevenson It makes me wonder if 'predominantly' would be of practical help. If a researcher knows an archive is predominantly in English, that's really... Show more 1 year ago
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