A name is a human-readable identifying label for an activity, collection, party or service:
The Name element is a wrapper for the child element NamePart; all names are recorded in NamePart.
Optionally, the Name Type may be described when more than one name is supplied and there is a need to distinguish between the primary name and alternative versions. If used, preferably specify a type from the Name Type vocabulary:
official name of the collection, activity, service or party (person or group)
shortened form of, or acronym for, the official name
any other form of name used now or in the past as a substitute or alternative for the official name
Optionally, for parties, the Name Part Type may be described when there is more than one NamePart and there is a need to distinguish between the multiple NamePart instances that together make up a name. If used, preferably specify a type from the Name Part Type vocabulary:
last name or surname, including compound names (person)
forename or given or Christian name or initials (person)
honours, awards, qualifications and other identifiers conferred (person)
word or phrase indicative of rank, office, nobility, honour, etc., or a term of address associated with a person
part of a name that describes a party (group) that contains one or more integral subordinate parties (sub-groups or sub-units)
part of a name that describes a party (group) that is an integral sub-group or sub-unit of a superior party (group)
Optionally, record the time period for which the name was current using the DateFrom and DateTo attributes. This is only applicable where the name has changed over time and older versions of the name have been recorded in the metadata being provided. A single date or a range of dates can be provided and may include both start and end dates or an open-ended date. Dates should be UTC and of one of the forms described in section 3.2.7 of the W3C Schema Data Types document.
The language in which the name metadata is recorded may be included in the Lang attribute, but is not displayed or searchable in Research Data Australia. The RDA Registry accepts language codes consistent with IETF's BCP (Best Current Practice) 47: Tags for Identifying Languages (incorporating RFC 5646). Language codes may be selected from:
Each NamePart is displayed in Research Data Australia and is searchable. A length limit of 80 characters (including spaces) is recommended for compatibility with discovery services, which will often truncate names or collection titles longer than this.
Dates provided within Name are not displayed or searchable.
Collection titles should be as descriptive as possible, so that they are unique and meaningful to researchers from other disciplines and into the future. For example, titles such as 'Respiration Data' or 'The Aerostar 100 Data Set' may be adequate in a particular discipline database, but not in the general context of Research Data Australia. Keywords, the nature of the data, the location, and date range are useful in the title if they enhance discovery by search engines, for example, 'SAFARI 2000 Upper Air Meteorological Profiles, Skukuza, Dry Seasons 1999-2000'.
Collection titles generally should not use acronyms that would be a barrier to understanding outside a discipline. If acronyms are important for discovery, include an alternative title with acronyms spelled out.
Activities should have a name that is distinct from related groups or collections. If the collection and activity have the same name, suffix "project" to the activity name, or "dataset" or "collection" to the collection name. The activity name is usually already registered with a funder and in the institution's research office, so it is preferable to change the collection name.
<party type="person"> <name type="primary" xml:lang="en"> <namePart type="title">Dr</namePart> <namePart type="family">Kincaid-Smith</namePart> <namePart type="given">Priscilla S</namePart> <namePart type="suffix">AC CBE</namePart> </name> <name type="alternative" xml:lang="en"> <namePart type="family">Fairley</namePart> <namePart type="given">Priscilla Sheath</namePart> </name> </party>
<party type="group"> <name type="primary"> <namePart>Australian Research Council</namePart> </name> <name type="abbreviated"> <namePart>ARC</namePart> </name> </party>
<party type="group" dateFrom="1997-01-01T00:00:00Z" dateTo="2007-12-31T23:59:59Z"> <name type="primary"> <namePart type="superior">Budawang University</namePart> <namePart type="subordinate">Division of Environmental Mechanics</namePart> </name> </party>
<party type="group"> <name type="primary" xml:lang="en-US"> <namePart><Organization for Standardization></namePart> </name> <name type="primary" xml:lang="fr"> <namePart><Organisation internationale de normalisation></namePart> </name> </party>
<collection type="dataset"> <name type="primary"> <namePart>Upper Air Soundings in Wilkes Land, 1984</namePart> </name> </collection>