Meaning & purpose
A registry object is equivalent to a metadata record (a set of metadata describing a single object or entity). There will be one RegistryObject element for each activity, collection, party or service that is described by a set of metadata in the RDA Registry.
The RegistryObject element appears at the beginning and end of each section of an XML document that complies with the RIF-CS Schema. It marks the start and finish of a metadata record. It is a wrapper element containing descriptive and administrative metadata for a single registry object.
Groupis a required attribute of the RegistryObject element which uniquely identifies the contributing organisation by name.
Use in Research Data Australia
This element can be repeated as often as required within a RIF-CS XML document, although there may be technical limits on the number of records imposed by harvesting software.
To avoid duplication, check to see whether an object already exists before creating a new RegistryObject for that entity.
XML encoding example
Outline of a RIF-CS XML document containing two metadata records (registry objects)
<registryObjects> <registryObject group="Monash University"> <!--remainder of record1--> </registryObject> <registryObject group="Monash University"> <!--remainder of record2--> </registryObject> </registryObjects>
26 October 2010
First web publication
14 April 2011
Updated and corrected examples
20 July 2017
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