Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, v1.1
An unambiguous reference to the resource within a given context.
Recommended best practice is to identify the resource by means of a string or number conforming to a formal identification system. Example formal identification systems include the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) (including the Uniform Resource Locator (URL), the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
To uniquely identify the record.
To distinguish one record from another.
To facilitate retrieval.
To avoid duplication of records.
"Registration specifies the following metadata as a minimum: a) a unique identifier assigned from the system..." ISO Technical Report 15489-2, s. 4.3.3
"A useable record is one that can be located, retrieved, presented and interpreted." ISO International Standard 15489-1, s. 7.2.5
"The movement of records should be documented to ensure that items can always be located when required. Tracking mechanisms may record the item identifierů" ISO International Standard 15489-1, s. 9.8.3
"The primary purpose of registration is to provide evidence that a record has been created or captured in a records system, and an additional benefit is that it facilitates retrieval. It involves recording brief descriptive information or metadata about the record and assigning the record an identifier, unique within the system." ISO International Standard 15489-1, s. 9.4
"Metadata should be used to identify records and facilitate their retrievability and usability in records systems. A records system should provide ready access to all relevant records and their related metadata." ISO Technical Specification 23081-1, s. 9.2.3
Unique non-enumerated strings.
Applicable at record level; applicable at file level.
Mandatory at record level; mandatory at file level.
Conditions of Application - Record
Pre Record Declared Locked
Post Record Declared Locked
Conditions of Application - File
Comments and Guidance
a) Explanation of Definition/Usage
The Identifier is a system-generated numeric code that unambiguously identifies a record or file upon creation. The Identifier provides the link between the actual record and the metadata attached to it.
This code is not to be confused with an entry from a classification scheme / file plan.
b) Best Practices
The value for this element should be a numeric code that is system generated. As each record is entered into the EDRMS, it is given the next number in the sequence.
The value for this element may not be modified as once it is applied, it stays with the record or file throughout its life cycle.
This element is mandatory to unambiguously distinguish one record from another and one file from another.
d) Default Values/Auto-populate
This is a system-generated value inherent to most EDRMS and is therefore auto-populated.