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CONTENTdm Cookbook: Date Digital

16. Date Digital

This field is mandatory if applicable. Every digitized record must include the date of digitization; for born-digital materials, the Date Original will suffice.

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Yes, if a qualifier is used.

Create a separate field mapped to Date.valid, Date.issued, or Date.modified as applicable.
Field Name Date Digital
DC Mapping None
Search No
Hide Yes
Vocabulary No
Definition Date of creation or availability of the digital resource. Use an approximate digitization date if the exact date is not known.

Refers to the date of creation of the master archival file, not of the derivative file used for display.

Follow W3C-DTF standard (ISO 8601) of YYYY-MM-DD.

Use only as much of the date as is known.

  • If only the month and year is known, use YYYY-MM.
  • If only the year is known, use YYYY.

Use a question mark to show a date is approximate or a circa date.

Use dashes to indicate uncertainty within a decade or a century.

  • YYY-?
  • YY--?
For a range of dates, put a dash in between dates.





Template Yes. If all items in a collection were created on the same date, use the Template Creator to input the data once for all records.
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