Each metadata element in Section 6 is described by the use of three element attributes sourced from Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, DCMI Metadata Terms, 2005-06-13. The element attributes are:
The unique token assigned to the term.
The Uniform Resource Identifier used to uniquely identify a term.
A statement that represents the concept and essential nature of the term.
Each metadata element in Section 7 is described by the use of four element attributes sourced from ISO International Standard 11179-3, Information Technology - Metadata Registries - Part 3: Registry Metamodel and Basic Attributes, 2nd Edition, 2003-02-15. The element attributes are:
The designation of an object by a linguistic expression.
Representation of a concept by a descriptive statement which serves to differentiate it from related concepts.
A set of permissible values. Permissible values may either be enumerated (i.e. taken from a controlled vocabulary) or expressed via a free-text description.
A designation for a datatype. A datatype is a set of distinct values, characterized by properties of those values and by operations on those values.
Four datatypes are specified:
Additional element attributes, delineating the business rules for the use of each element, are provided in the GC RMAP. For example, the GC RMAP also includes the attributes: rationale, obligation, encoding scheme, linkages, format, occurrence, etc.