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structural metadata

Broader Term: 

n. ~ Information about the relationship between the parts that make up a compound object.

(IMLS Framework 2001) Structural metadata can be thought of as the glue that binds compound objects together, relating, for example, articles, issues and volumes of serial publications, or the pages and chapters of a book.
(Puglia, Reed, and Rhodes 2004, p. 10) Structural metadata might include whether the resource is simple or complex (multi-page, multi-volume, has discrete parts, contains multiple views); what the major intellectual divisions of a resource are (table of contents, chapter, musical movement); identification of different views (double-page spread, cover, detail); the extent (in files, pages, or views) of a resource and the proper sequence of files, pages and views; as well as different technical (file formats, size), visual (pre- or post-conservation treatment), intellectual (part of a larger collection or work), and use (all instances of a resource in different formats – TIFF files for display, PDF files for printing, OCR files for full text searching) versions.