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Basic attribute is an attribute of a metadata item commonly needed in its specification.

Categories of basic attributes:

- Identifying are attributes that are applicable for the identification of a data element.
- Definitional are attributes that describe the semantic aspects of a data element. These attributes may be derived by inheritance from characteristics of data element concepts, objects or entities.
- Relational are attributes that describe associations among data elements and/or associations between data elements and classification schemes, data element concepts, objects, entities.
- Representational are attributes that describe representational aspects of a data element.
- Administrative are attributes that describe management and control aspects of a data element.

A basic attribute that is applicable to all types of metadata item is a common attribute. (ISO/IEC 11179-3 "Information technology-Metadata registries (MDR)-Part 3: Registry metamodel and basic attributes", February 2003).

Source Publication:
ISO/IEC FDIS 11179-1 "Information technology - Metadata registries - Part 1: Framework", March 2004.

Cross References:

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

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Created on Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, December 15, 2005