Title: Type of Resource (Dimension 4 of Matrix of Digital Curation Knowledge and Competencies)
Author: Christopher (Cal) Lee, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Draft: June 17, 2009 (Version 18)
Project: DigCCurr (IMLS Grant # RE-05-06-0044)
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The table below summarizes various ways of characterizing types of digital resources. This is the fourth dimension of the DigCCurr Matrix. The categories are neither mutually exclusive nor exhaustive. They are intended to highlight "differences that make a difference" for digital curation professional education, e.g.
|Resource Type Categories and Elements||Elaboration or Examples|
|Level of Aggregation||
|Level of Abstraction||
|Medium||The physical carrier of the bits that constitute the digital resources. Examples include:
|Format||A particular way of encoding digital information (often at the file level), which conveys an associated set of behaviors and means of interpreting the content.|
|Genre||"Socially recognized types of communicative actions…that are habitually enacted by members of a community to realize particular social purposes" . Examples include:
 IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records: Final Report. Edited by Marie-France Plassard. Vol. 19. München: Saur, 1998. http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/functional-requirements-for-bibliographic-records
 Yates, JoAnne, and Wanda Orlikowski. "Genres of Organizational Communication: A Structurational Approach to Studying Communication and Media." Academy of Management Review 17, no. 2 (1992): 299-326.