Digital Collection

Requirement Level: Required if Applicable

Core Element: Yes

Describes: Digital Surrogate


The name of the digital or virtual collection of related items, which the described resource is a part of. An item may be part of a digital collection, a physical source collection, or both. A digital object may also be part of multiple digital collections. See also Source Collection.


Digitized map

Digital Atlanta: Atlanta maps

Digitized book

Emory Digital Library Publications Program

Digitized object in an online exhibit

William Levi Dawson: the Collection at Emory University

Collection of related surveys’ data Annual Library Surveys, Emory University Dataverse

Mappings and Encoding

Dublin Core:


See recommended mappings for additional standards.

How Do I Fill This In?



Recommended Data Entry Type:

Free-text entry

Recommended/default values:

Digital collection names are free-text entries, but the metadata creator should strive for consistency.  It is strongly recommended that metadata creators use collection names already in use if applicable.

System Tips:

Existing online collections in Emory systems should already have established Digital Collection names in place, which should be re-used consistently.  Some systems have restrictions on the length of collection names.  For instance, the LUNA Digital Gallery system limits collection names to 50 characters. 


What is the difference between Source Collection and Digital Collection?

The Source Collection refers to the original collection - often an archival source collection, where the materials are physically related, or related by other provenance.

A Digital Collection is a virtual collection of purely digital objects, where digital items may be presented together from one or more Source Collections.

Guideline last revised: 2015-02-16