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The DDI4 CustomMetadataView allows for the definition of a set of keys and their interrelationships. This structure can be shared and reused by a community. These keys can be used in key-value pairs to enter metadata that is more actionable than would be if an uncontrolled set of keys were employed. They could also be used in a NoSQL key/value store.

Use Cases
User defined structures for notes. This corresponds to the UserAttributePair in DDI3.2, but allows for additional specification of a structure for the keys and a datatype and cardinalities for the values.
User defined structures for specifying the location of parts of qualitative objects. The example below shows the location of words or sentences from material arranged into volume, chapter, sentence and word
User defined structures for specifying the location of parts of cited materials

Target Audience
Users of DDI4 needing structured extensions to be shared by their community. A user community, for example, could share the structure for locating material by volume, chapter, sentence and word.

Restricted Classes
The list below displays each class in the View that is extended by classes not in the view.
Concept is extended by ConceptualVariable and Population.
ExternalMaterial is extended by ExternalAid.
Code is extended by ClassificationItem.
CodeList is extended by GeographicUnitClassification, GeographicUnitTypeClassification and StatisticalClassification.

General Documentation
The keys and their interrelationships are defined in a CustomStructure which is a collection of CustomItems. Each CustomItem defines a key, giving it a cardinality and associating it with a RepresentedVariable and a ValueDomain. The set of CustomItems can be arranged into a structure, for example a hierarchy, by a CustomItemRelationStructure.
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Once the structure is defined, it can be used in a CustomInstance. This is a collection of CustomValues. A CustomValue contains a key-value pair where the key corresponds to a previously defined CustomItem. A CustomValue also may be associated with an InstanceVariable. The CustomValues may also be structured by a CustomValueRelationStructure.
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