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Hyku Cookbook: Building Date

Recipes for metadata entry for UofL Digital Collections

Building date

This field is recommended if available for the University of Louisville Building Book and the Howard Steamboat Museum.

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Repeatable Yes. Enter each date in the same field, separated by a comma and a space.
Hyku term building_date
Search Yes
Hide No
Vocabulary No
Definition Dates associated with the creation (or rededication, etc.) of the structure (building or boat) depicted in the image, rather than with the creation of the image itself.

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--?
  • Do not use “Unknown”—just leave the field blank.

    For a range of dates, put a dash in between dates.

    Include parenthetical explanations of what the date represents, as applicable.


    2005 (constructed); 2005 (acquired); 2003?-05-08 (groundbreaking); 2009-11-23 (dedicated)