Do not use Coverage to record the physical location of an object. Use SpatialLocation within the Location element to describe where something (such as a collection) is physically located using geospatial coordinates.

Meaning & purpose

The Coverage element is a wrapper for SpatialCoverage and TemporalCoverage child elements, and describes the spatial or temporal topics or characteristics of an entity or object. Using both SpatialCoverage and TemporalCoverage elements allows collections to be discovered in searches covering a particular time or place.

Use in Research Data Australia

Coverage information displays as a map in Research Data Australia if correctly formatted spatial information is provided, and as dates where temporal information is provided.

Best practice

The SpatialCoverage and TemporalCoverage elements can be recorded in separate Coverage elements or in the same Coverage element.

See SpatialCoverage and TemporalCoverage for detailed information on these elements.

XML encoding examples

<coverage>
	<spatial type="kmlPolyCoords">115.625357,-31.767240 115.754393,-31.774751 115.757967,-32.462250 115.513179,-32.393528</spatial>
	<temporal>        
		<date type="dateFrom" dateFormat="W3CDTF">2001</date>
		<date type="dateTo" dateFormat="W3CDTF">2004</date>
    </temporal>
</coverage>
<coverage>
	<spatial type="iso19139dcmiBox">northlimit=-21.16667; southlimit=-43.81833; westlimit=147.43333; eastLimit=159.98333</spatial>
	<spatial type="text">northlimit=-21.16667; southlimit=-43.81833; westlimit=147.43333; eastLimit=159.98333</spatial>
</coverage>

<coverage>
	<temporal>
		<date type="dateFrom" dateFormat="W3CDTF">1977-10-14</date>
		<date type="dateTo" dateFormat="W3CDTF">1978-01-09</date>
	</temporal>
</coverage>

 

Change history

Date
Change history

Nov 2012

Page created

Dec 2016

Page updated

31 Mar 2017Page reviewed and XML examples added