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Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)

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MODS and the ISAD CSV template

At present, there is no MODS-based CSV template for importing descriptions into AtoM. However, because MODS is based on the International Council on Archives ‘ ISAD(G) standard (see: ISAD), the ISAD CSV template can be used for import, as all templates have been crosswalked in AtoM where possible.

To test this, we recommend creating a full MODS description in AtoM, and then changing the display template to ISAD, to determine where field in MODS map to ISAD. For more information on changing the display template for a description, see: Change the display standard. If desired, all templates in AtoM can be changed at the same time using the Default template setting available in Admin > Settings - see Default templates.

The CSV mappings below will provide guidance on which ISAD CSV fields can be used to import your MODS-based descriptions into AtoM.

To download the ISAD(G) CSV template for AtoM, please visit our wiki page.

Field descriptions

The MODS standard, maintained by the US Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office, is available at:

Currently AtoM supports the Digital Library Federation second level of adoption for MODS version 3.3 (see DLF Aquifer MODS Guidelines Levels of Adoption).

Information below includes:

  • Template Field refers to the default label for that field in AtoM
  • ISAD CSV Column refers to the title of the related column in the (ISAD) CSV template
  • MODS Rule refers to the rule from the applicable standard and/or the instructions provided by AtoM
  • MODS XML refers to the field mapping to MODS XML for import/export

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Elements area

An image of the data entry fields in the MODS template.

The data entry fields for the MODS archival description edit template.

Identifier

Template Field Identifier

ISAD CSV Column identifier

MODS Rule Contains a unique standard number or code that distinctively identifies a resource.

MODS XML

<identifier type="local">

Title

Template Field Title

ISAD CSV Column title

MODS Rule A word, phrase, character, or group of characters, normally appearing in a resource, that names it or the work contained in it. Choice and format of titles should be governed by a content standard such as the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2), Cataloguing Cultural Objects (CCO), or Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Details such as capitalization, choosing among the forms of titles presented on an item, and use of abbreviations should be determined based on the rules in a content standard. One standard should be chosen and used consistently for all records in a set.

MODS XML

<titleInfo>
  <title>

Names and Origin Info

Name

Template Field Name

ISAD CSV Column eventActors

MODS Rule Use the actor name field to link an authority record to this description. Search for an existing name in the authority records by typing the first few characters of the name. Alternatively, type a new name to create and link to a new authority record.

MODS XML

<name>
  <namePart>

Event Type

Template Field Event type

ISAD CSV Column eventTypes

MODS Rule Select the type of activity that established the relation between the authority record and the resource.

MODS XML

<name>
  <role>
    <roleTerm>Creator</roleTerm>

Place

Template Field Place

ISAD CSV Column eventPlaces

MODS Rule Use the actor name field to link an authority record to this description. Search for an existing name in the authority records by typing the first few characters of the name. Alternatively, type a new name to create and link to a new authority record.

MODS XML

<originInfo>
  <place>
    <placeTerm>

Date

Template Field Date

ISAD CSV Column eventDates

MODS Rule Enter free-text information, including qualifiers or typographical symbols to express uncertainty, to change the way the date displays. If this field is not used, the default will be the start and end years only.

MODS XML

<originInfo>
   <dateCreated>

Start

Template Field Start

ISAD CSV Column eventStartDates

MODS Rule Enter the start year. Do not use any qualifiers or typographical symbols to express uncertainty. Acceptable date formats: YYYYMMDD, YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM, YYYY.

MODS XML

<originInfo>
  <dateCreated point="start">

End

Template Field End

ISAD CSV Column eventEndDates

MODS Rule Enter the end year. Do not use any qualifiers or typographical symbols to express uncertainty. Acceptable date formats: YYYYMMDD, YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM, YYYY.

MODS XML

<originInfo>
  <dateCreated point="end">

Event Note

Template Field Event note

ISAD CSV Column eventDescriptions

MODS Rule N/A

MODS XML N/A

Type of Resource

Template Field Type of resource

ISAD CSV Column N/A

MODS Rule A term that specifies the characteristics and general type of content of the resource. Assign as many types as are applicable. The Type of resource options are limited to the values in the MODS typeOfResource top-level element.

MODS XML

<typeOfResource>

Child levels

These two fields can be used to add lower levels to a collection level description. Click “Add new” to create as many child levels as necessary.

Identifier: The unambiguous reference code used to uniquely identify the child-level resource.

Title: The name given to the child-level resource.

Language

Template Field Language

ISAD CSV Column language

Note

Use a two-letter language code from ISO 639-1 when importing from CSV.

MODS Rule A designation of the language in which the content of the resource is expressed. Select as many languages as required.

MODS XML

<language>

Subject

Template Field Subject

ISAD CSV Column subjectAccessPoints

MODS Rule A term or phrase representing the primary topic(s) on which a work is focused. Search for an existing term in the Subjects taxonomy by typing the first few characters of the term name. Alternatively, type a new name to create and link to a new subject term.

MODS XML

<subject>
   <topic>

Places

Template Field Places

ISAD CSV Column placeAccessPoints

MODS Rule Search for an existing term in the Places taxonomy by typing the first few characters of the term name. Alternatively, type a new term to create and link to a new place term.

MODS XML

<subject>
   <geographic>

Names

Template Field Names

ISAD CSV Column nameAccessPoints

MODS Rule “Choose provenance, author, and other non-subject access points from the archival description, as appropriate. All access points must be apparent from the archival description to which they relate.” (RAD 21.0B) The values in this field are drawn from the Authorized form of name field in authority records. Search for an existing name by typing the first few characters of the name. Alternatively, type a new name to create and link to a new authority record.

MODS XML

<subject>
   <name>

Access Conditions

Template Field Names

ISAD CSV Column accessConditions

MODS Rule Information about restrictions imposed on access to a resource. See MODS accessCondition top-level element for more information on how to use this field.

MODS XML

<accessCondition type="restriction on access">

Repository

Template Field Repository

ISAD CSV Column repository

MODS Rule Identifies the institution or repository holding the resource. Search for an existing repository name by typing in the first few letters of the name. Alternatively, type a new name to create and link to a new repository record.

MODS XML

<location>
   <physicalLocation>

Description

Template Field Description

ISAD CSV Column scopeAndContent

MODS Rule An abstract, table of contents, or description of the resource’s scope and contents.

MODS XML

<abstract type="description">

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Administration area

An image of the data entry fields for the Administration area.

The data entry fields for the Administration area.

Display standard

Template Field: Display standard

ISAD CSV Column: N/A

MODS Rule: N/A

MODS XML: N/A

Note

This fields allows the user to choose a different display standard from the default template for the shown archival description only, with the option to also change the display standard for all existing children of the description. See: Change the display standard.

Publication status

Template field Publication status is available under the More tab located on the object view screen.

CSV column publicationsStatus

RAD Rule N/A

EAD

<odd type="publicationStatus">
   <p>

Note

The publication status refers to the public visibility of a description for unauthenticated (e.g. not logged in) users. The default terms available are “Published” (i.e. visible to public users), and “Draft” (e.g. not visible to public users). See: Publish an archival description.

In the Global Site Settings, if the default publication status is set to draft, all imported descriptions will be set to draft and the EAD file will have the value “draft” in the <odd type=”publicationStatus”> tag.

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