The originating source is the entity holding the managed version of the registry object metadata, as represented by a URI or URL. This provides historical information and authority for the content of the metadata record. The originating source is the primary source of truth for the metadata record.
Originating source is included mainly for the use of aggregators; accordingly, it is not displayed or searchable from Research Data Australia.
This element was included to make sure that there is a record of the original source of the metadata in an environment where there may be hierarchies or networks of aggregators. It refers to the physical source of the metadata record.
Where an institutional aggregator includes records from many different data sources from sub-entities within the institution, the originating source element can perform a technical role in distinguishing the source of incoming feeds.
This information answers the question: Which data source originally created this metadata record and holds the managed version of the record?
Originating source has only one type:
There can only be one authoritative copy of a given metadata record; all other copies are not authoritative.
Originating source is not displayed and is not searchable.
In a federated aggregation context, originating source should identify the original physical source, such as a repository or server, from which the metadata originated, NOT the aggregator from which it was harvested by ANDS.
Aggregators need to be able to distinguish incoming feeds from each other. Data source information is included in the OAI-PMH wrapper if metadata is exchanged using the OAI-PMH protocol. However, not all metadata exchange uses this protocol. This originating source element is therefore included to record the data source within the record so that the information is available for use in other metadata exchange situations.
Originating source information should not be rounded up to the institutional level as this will nullify its purpose. Such grouping is already provided for by the Group attribute for each Registry Object; this enables a group of data providers to be associated with a parent organisation.
Originating source information is supplied by the metadata provider within a RIF-CS document. It is not derived.
The two providers above are grouped within the Monash University group for display in Research Data Australia. However, they are distinct originating sources in terms of metadata feeds. If Monash University had a single metadata hub that provided these records to ANDS, the records would still show their separate origins using this originating source element.
|April 2010||Consultation draft|
|26 October 2010||First web publication, incorporating additional clarification|
|2 November 2010||Clarification of when it may be appropriate to use institutional url in originating source element|
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