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3. Editorial Rules, continued

3

EDITORIAL RULES, CONTINUED

   

3.2

 

Identifying numbers, status flags, and subject sources

Included in this chapter

 

 

 

     

3.2.1

 

 

Subject ID (required default)

     

3.2.1.1

 

 

Definition
A number used to uniquely identify the record to the system.

     

3.2.1.2

 

 

Values
Numbers are automatically assigned by the system in the following range: 300,000,000 - 599,999,999.

     

3.2.1.3

 

 

Discussion
"Subject" in this context is not to be confused with the depicted subject of a work of art. "Subject" here means the work being cataloged. The Subject_ID displays at the top of the Subject Edit screen in VCS, in the hierarchy, and in other displays. The Subject_ID for each record is unique and permanent. Numbers for a given record change only if the record is merged with another record, when a new record is generated. Mappings between old numbers and new numbers are generated with the annual licensed files release.

     

3.2.1.4

 

 

RULES

  • The editor cannot edit the numbers. The rules followed by the system in producing them include the following: Numbers are assigned sequentially. Numbers of deleted records are not re-used. Numbers do not contain commas or any other punctuation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.2

 

 

Parent Key (required)

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.2.1

 

 

Definition
The unique ID of the immediate parent of the record.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.2.2

 

 

Values
Automatically generated by the system. When you link to the parent (which happens when you place the record in the hierarchy), the parent's ID is placed in the record: The range of numbers is the following: 300,000,000 - 599,999,999.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.2.3

 

 

Discussion
There may be multiple parents; the Parent Key for the preferred parent appears at the top of the Edit Subject record in VCS.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.2.4

 

 

RULES

  • See Hierarchical relationships below for rules regarding how to assign or change parents (i.e., how to position records or move them in the hierarchy).

  • The editor cannot edit the numbers. The rules followed by the system in producing the numbers include the following: Numbers are assigned sequentially. Numbers of deleted records are not re-used. Numbers do not contain commas or any other punctuation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.3

 

 

Merged Status (required-default)

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.3.1

 

 

Definition
Flag indicating whether or not the record has been merged with one or more other records.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.3.2

 

 

Values
When records are merged by an editor, the flag is automatically set by the system: M - Merged, N - Not Merged.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.3.3

 

 

RULES

  • For rules for merging, see 2.2 Merging Records above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.4

 

 

Published Status (required-default)

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.4.1

 

 

Definition
Flag indicating whether or not the record has been released in the licensed files.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.4.2

 

 

Values
Automatically assigned by the system: P - Published, N - Not Published

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.4.3

 

 

RULES

  • Rules apply to the system only; editors cannot edit this flag. A new record is labeled as "Unpublished." Once a record has been included in one of the annual releases, the system automatically switches this value to "Published."

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.5

 

 

Review Status (required-default)

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.5.1

 

 

Definition
Flag indicating the stage in the editorial process that the record has reached.

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.5.2

 

 

Values
Values are drawn from a short controlled list. Some values are automatically assigned by the system. The editors should assign others as instructed in the rules below. Editors can overwrite automatically assigned values if necessary (consult with your supervisor before doing so).

  • NC - New Candidate, NW - New VP, AC - Accepted Candidate, HD - Holding, IP - In Process, RV - Reviewed, AP - Approved, FN - Finished

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.5.3

 

 

RULES

  • NC - New Candidate: Automatically assigned. Status of a record that has been loaded as a candidate but not moved from the candidate hierarchy ("temp.parent"). Also assigned when an editor creates a new record in a candidate hierarchy.

  • AC - Accepted Candidate: Automatically assigned. Status assigned when a record is moved from a candidate hierarchy to the publishable hierarchies.

  • NW - New VP: Automatically assigned when a record is created in the publishable hierarchies of VCS. Designates a record created by the Vocabulary Program.

  • HD - Holding: Automatically assigned when a record is moved from the publishable hierarchy into a candidate hierarchy.

  • IP - In Process: To be decided.

  • RV - Reviewed: To be decided.

  • FN - Finished: First step in approval process for a section of the hierarchy. Assigned by an editor to a nation or continent. Indicates that the records in this section of the hierarchy (i.e., the hierarchical descendents of this record) have been okayed prior to the annual publication of files for licensing.

  • AP - Approved: Second step in approval process for a section of the hierarchy. Assigned by a designated editor to a nation or continent that had earlier been flagged as "finished." Indicates that the records in this section of the hierarchy (i.e., the hierarchical descendents of this record) have been double-checked prior to the annual publication of files for licensing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2.6

 

 

Record Type (required-default)

 

 

 

3.2.6.1

 

 

Definition
Flag indicating the general type of thing described in the record.

 

 

 

3.2.6.2

 

 

Values
Flags come from a short controlled list: A - Administrative entity, P - Physical feature, B - Both, G - Guide Term, F - Facet

 

 

 

3.2.6.3

   

RULES

  • M - Movable Work: Contains records for movable works, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc. (anything that is not a built work).

  • B - Built Work: Contains records for architectural works.

  • G - Guide Term: A Guide Term (also called a node label) is a level used to organize the hierarchy into logical segments. Currently not used in CONA. Do not use this designation without consulting your supervisor.

  • F - Facet: A facet is a broad division of the hierarchy, generally appearing directly under the Root. In CONA, currently the facets are Movable Work, Built Work, and various candidate hierarchies (designated by their name temp.parent). Do not use this designation. Only the supervisor may label a record as Facet.

    All children of facet Movable Work should have the Record Type M (movable work), and children of facet Built Work should have Record Type B (built work).

 

   

 

3.2.7

   

Candidate Status (required-default)

   

 

3.2.7.1

   

Definition
Flag indicating if the record is a Candidate or not. A Candidate record is a record that has been submitted for publication in CONA, but has not yet been processed/okayed by the editors.

   

 

3.2.7.2

   

Values
Automatically generated by the system: C - Candidate, N - Non Candidate

   


3.2.7.3

   

Discussion
This flag is used to distinguish Candidate records from publishable records (Non-Candidate); therefore, this flag ultimately indicates whether or not the record will be published. Only Non-Candidate records are published. Candidate records are new records, either added by VP under a candidate hierarchy (temp.parent) or loaded by the VCS Loader.

   

 

3.2.7.4

   

RULES

  • The rules are imposed by the system. Editors cannot change this flag.

  • If the record has a parent or other ancestor that is a temp.parent, the record is a Candidate. If it is in a publishable section of the hierarchy, it is a Non-Candidate.

 

 

3.2.8

   

Label (required-default)

   

 

3.2.8.1

   

Definition
Concatenated string used to give a brief identification of the work in a form intelligible to end users

   

 

3.2.8.2

   

Values
Values are generated by the system.

   

3.2.8.3

   

Sources
Various fields and hierarchical relationships in the target subject record and its parents' and ancestors' records are the sources for values in the Label.

   

 

3.2.8.4

   

Discussion
A label is a brief description of the work, to be used in wall labels, slide labels, illustration captions, catalog captions, and in other situations where the work must be identified succinctly and uniquely. While the Subject_ID uniquely identifies the record from a systems perspective, the Label identifies the work and distinguishes it from similar works for human readers.

  • The elements of the label include the following:

    • 1. The Title of the work (e.g., Cypresses or Sears Tower).

    • 2. The preferred Work Type.

    • 3. The creator: the natural order preferred name of the creator, followed by his or her nationality and life dates in parentheses (e.g., Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)). For unknown creators, list the culture of the creator (e.g., Somali peoples or Unknown German).

    • 4. The display date of creation of the work, including nuance and uncertainty when necessary (e.g., 1889 or mid-20th century).

    • 5. The Current Location (e.g., J.Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, USA)). If there is no repository, the geographic location is listed (e.g., Giza (Egypt)).

    • 6. The credit line, if any.

    • 7. The accession number or other unique identifier for the work in the repository.
   

 

3.2.8.5

   

RULES

  • The Editor cannot edit the Label directly. In VCS, it is created by the system from the descriptor of the concept record and the parent string (a string of the preferred descriptors for its parents (see Parent Key above).

  • Implementors should construct the Label as instructed above.

    • Examples

    • Cypresses; painting; Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890); 1889; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York, USA); Rogers Fund, 1949; 49.30.

    • Rosewater Bottle; vessel; Somali peoples; mid-20th century; National Museum of African Art (Washington, DC, USA); Gift of the Loughrans; 76-16-12.

    • Tournament Helm (Stechhelm); helmet; Unknown German; ca. 1500; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York, USA); Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929; 29.156.67a.

    • Sears Tower; skyscraper; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (American, established 1939); completed in 1973; 233 South Wacker Drive (Chicago, Illinois, USA).


 

   

3.2.9

   

Contributors for the Work Record (required)

   

 

3.2.9.1

   

Definition
A reference to the institutions or projects that contributed information to the CONA record as a whole.

   

 

3.2.9.2

   

Values
Controlled by a link to a file of controlled terminology; the list changes as new contributors are added. See Appendix C: Contributors and Citations.

 

3.2.9.3

   

Discussion
Contributors are linked to the Terms, Scope Note, and - in this field - to the Subject record as a whole.

  • This field generally (but not always) comprises the sum of all the contributors linked to Titles and Descriptive Note; in addition, it may include some contributors not also linked to Titles or Descriptive Note.
   

 

3.2.9.4

   

RULES

  • The default Contributor is VP (Vocabulary Program). Editors may change other contributors' initials only in very rare cases. If you feel it is necessary to add a contributor other than VP or to change a link from one contributor to another, consult with your supervisor.
  • If you are adding data to a field that is not linked to a contributor (that is, to any field other than Titles or Descriptive Note), such as Associative Relationships, be certain that your contributor initials (VP) are included as Subject Contributors. If they have not been added automatically by VCS, add them by hand.a

 

 

   

 

3.2.10

   

Sources for the Work Record (required)

         

3.2.10.1

   

Definition
A reference to the sources used for information included in the record as a whole.

         

3.2.10.2

   

Values
Values are controlled by the Sources file in VCS. A source must be added to the Source file in order to be used in (linked to) the Subject (concept) record. For a discussion of how to add sources to the Sources file, see Appendix C: Sources.

         

3.2.10.3

   

Discussion
Sources are linked to the Titles, Descriptive Note, and - in this field - to the work record as a whole.

  • This field often (but not always) comprises the sum of all the sources linked to Titles and Descriptive Note; in addition, it may include some sources not also linked to Titles or Descriptive Note.
         

3.2.10.4

   

RULES

  • It is required to cite the sources used for a field that is not linked to a contributor (that is, to any field other than Titles or Descriptive Note), such as physical characteristics or Associative Relationships. This is particularly crucial when the added information is important and when the source is not already listed as a source anywhere else in the record (i.e., not linked to Titles or Descriptive Note).

  • In the Page Field, it is required to cite the volume, page number, date of accessing a Web site, or other appropriate indication of the specific location where the title or name was found in the source.
  • If there are multiple editions or multiple publication dates for a source, link to the specific source that you are using.

 

   

[1] "Required-default" indicates that a default is automatically set; some defaults are editable and should be changed by the cataloguer as necessary. Others are system-generated and cannot be changed.

       

Last updated 17 September 2010
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