(part of the InLOC Information Model > InLOC properties)

The type property

This is one of InLOC's direct properties.

Type considered alternatively as a property of scheme

In certain circumstances, it is possible to regard type as a property of scheme, rather than LOCassociation. This variation of the information model is possible only if, within any given information set, all LOCassociations with the same scheme.id have the same type.

This is done for one version (the "optimised" one) of the RDF binding.


Types of LOC association

The meaning of a LOCassociation depends on its type.

The type ... ... indicates that the LOCassociation ...
LOCrel relates two LOC instances, either of which could be a LOCstructure or a LOCdefinition
by relates the subject LOC to an agent as object (e.g. author)
category classifies the subject LOC (similarly to Atom category)
credit expresses the credit value of the subject LOC within a stated scheme (see CWA 16077)
level expresses the level of the subject LOC within a stated scheme (as attributed – for level definition use LOCrel)
topic gives a topic of the subject LOC

Meaning of LOC association parts

The type also determines the meaning of the remaining parts of the LOCassociation, as follows.

type subject scheme object number
LOCrel relation subject level relationships relation object level number:
greater → more skill or competence
LOCrel relation subject other relationships relation object not defined
by property subject specific property
(see compound properties)
agent URI and name
(person or organisation)
not defined
category property subject scheme
(as Atom)
term and label
(as Atom)
not defined
credit property subject credit scheme credit level credit value
(additive within a given scheme)
level property subject level scheme actual level level number:
greater → more skill or competence
topic property subject topic taxonomy /
scheme / catalogue
topic not defined

For further detail, see the sections on each type.