TemporalCoverage

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Describes the topical coverage of the annotated object using Subject and Keyword. Subjects are frequently members of structured classification systems such as formal subject headings in libraries or the National Library of Medicine Medical Subject headers (MeSH). Keywords may be managed or unmanaged. In folksonomies keywords are tags created at will by a group of users working collaboratively or cooperatively. Folksonomies are open-ended. In a folksonomy, the frequency with which a tag is applied to a subject may be of great interest. On the other hand, relationships between keywords may be noted and managed by one or more curators. In the Thesaurus for the Social Sciences (TheSoz) many thousands of keywords are organized in hierarchies using broader-narrower relationships, or linked by non-hierarchical (associative) relationships (SKOS). TheSoz serves as a crucial instrument for indexing documents and research information as well as for search term recommendation.

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The association of subjects or keywords with the date periods allows for describing the meaning of the temporal period. A survey, for example might be administered in one time period, but ask questions about the preceding decade. Temporal coverage might then include the data collection coverage as well as the referenced time period.

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A date referencing a specific aspect of temporal coverage. The date may be typed to reflect coverage date, collection date, referent date, etc. Subject and Keywords may be associated with the date to specify a specific set of topical information (i.e. Residence associated with a date 5 years prior to the collection date).
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