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Indicate the level of description

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  • The system must record information that indicates the unit of description's position within the hierarchy of arrangement.

Context (parent requirements)

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Associated functional requirements

Associated quality requirements

  • Provide drop-down menus (value lists) for data entry of Level of description field.
  • Provide pick-lists for data entry when specifying unit's position in the hierarchy of arrangement.

Associated technical requirements

ICA-AtoM fields

ICA-AtoM implementation

  • ICA-AtoM includes a Level of description field with a drop-down list for selecting values.
  • Value list can be customized by the system administrator to include only levels employed by the institution. The values in this list themselves reside in a separate database table (Term).
  • ICA-AtoM links the current description with others in the hierarchy of arrangement throught the Parent level field in which the user selects the "parent" description (left blank if the description represents the highest level).

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