Representation object

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Definition A Representation Object (or Representation Information) is information that maps a Data Object into more meaningful concepts.
Explanation A representation object provide some context for a data object. It contains provenance, description (e.g. format, encoding scheme, algorithm-Brown, 2008), structural, and administrative information about the object. This is a form of metadata and is sometimes managed as part of Administrative Metadata efforts.
Examples An example is the ASCII definition that describes how a sequence of bits (i.e., a Data Object) is mapped into a symbol.” -
References See:

DFT WG file repository: 10 Category DFT working defintions.docx: Brown, A. (2008). White paper: Representation information registries. Retrieved June19, 2009, from

Scope RDA Term Collection Core
Status In discussion