OBJECT TYPES (provisional)

Reference: This list is the product of source types used in numerous inventories. Sources: EEA-CDS, UNEP-HEM and CORDIS.

The list can be developed by using specific standards (FGDC for geographical databases, WWW for internet documents). Several source types can be used (field repetition). For example:

Object_Type: institution
Object_Type: academic

Here are some types of objects being able to be used in a standard manner (ref.: EEA, 1994):

Main categories (highly recommended utilisation):

institution
person
activity
product

Secondary categories (utilisation recommended in addition to the main category, the code being that of the AEE, it is necessary to specify Scheme=AEE if one uses this code. One can, on the other hand, use the proposed English terms.)

Sorts and types of institutions:

PU public (or public power dominant in the managing board)
PA parapublic
PR private (not specified)
AS Private association/foundation
NA private non associate

IN Industrial, commercial (other than consultants)
RC research centres, universities, academic institutions.
GO governmental or public subnational institutions
NG Non governmental organisation (NGO)
CO consultants
IG inter-governmental
PO political responsibles
ME media, e.g. press
RL religious

Type of person:

expert
documentalist
promoter
researcher

etc.

Type of activity:

program
project
monitoring network
inventory
Statistical enquiry


Type of product:

database
dataset
document
publication
standard
report
book
image
map
data
directory
bulletin/news

etc.

Subtypes of documents

See WWW


A more complete codification or designation in English of other types of sources can be inspired from what is proposed for the field FORM, CONTENT. Another alternative is to use the codification or designations of US-MARC which is also very detailed on this subject.