3.5.1 Existence and location of originals
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Purpose – To indicate the existence, location, availability and/or destruction of originals where the unit of description consists of copies.
Rule – If the original of the unit of description is available (either in the institution or elsewhere) record its location, together with any significant control numbers. If the originals no longer exist, or their location is unknown, give that information.
For born digital material, the concept of the ‘original’ is disputed and unhelpful. The use of this element for born digital material should be avoided if at all possible. The more technical details of migrations and potentially multiple manifestations of the material being described should be probably be dealt with out with the catalogue (in a separate digital repository systems). Summaries of aspects of this information will be given, as appropriate in other elements including Physical characteristics and technical requirements (3.4.4) and Archival history (3.2.3). Where copies (deemed original or not) of the material are known to be held out with the institution (and its digital repository system) these may referenced in either, Existence and location of copies (3.5.2) or Publication note (3.5.4).