The Registry Interchange Format - Collections and Services (RIF-CS)


The Registry Interchange Format - Collections and Services (RIF-CS) Schema was developed as a data interchange format for supporting the submission of metadata to a collections service registry. It is based on ISO2146 but only includes elements needed for a collection service registry and so is not a full binding to the standard.

A collection in the RIF-CS Schema context could be a repository, a registry, a collective work or an index/database. There are no hard and fast rules about what constitutes a collection and it is up to the data providers to consider what their collections are and what metadata should be provided. The RIF-CS schema also supports other registry object types, namely services, activities and parties. Any or all of these along with their relations to each other are able to be expressed in RIF-CS format.

The ORCA collections and services registry accepts collections and services metadata in RIF-CS format.

RIF-CS Schema and Associated Documentation


Information for ORCA Network partners for marking up content to the Registry Interchange Format - Collections and Service (RIF-CS) format.


For further information please contact Scott Yeadon.