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Assign names to the object of a description

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The system must be able to:

  • Assign a title to an archival descriptions.
  • Accommodate multiple titles (variants, title changes).
  • Differentiate the authorized title from variants.
  • Support explanatory notes on titles.

Context (parent requirements)

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Associated functional requirements

Associated quality requirements

The application should be able to:

  • Support drop-down value lists for data entry of Type of title.
  • Retrieve descriptions by any name (authorized or variants).

Associated technical requirements

ICA-AtoM fields

  • information_object::title
  • information_object::alternate_title
  • note::note_content
  • note::note_type

ICA-AtoM implementation

  • ICA-AtoM include a Title field in the InformationObject table.
  • ICA-AtoM does not impose any formatting rules on titles.
  • ICA-AtoM stores Title notes in a separate Note database table, allowing users to register as many notes required (no limit).

Known issues

  • ICA-AtoM v1.0 beta does not handle multiple titles.
  • ICA-AtoM v1.0 beta does not support date ranges on titles for previous names of description.

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