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LENGTH - Humanities

Field label
LENGTH
Field mnemonic
LEN
Field name
  • Length
  • Longueur totale
Field definition
This field contains the measurement of the overall length, excluding any frame or pedestal. If the object is irregular, the measurement represents the greatest length including all component parts. Length is one of the horizontal dimensions of an object.
Status
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada. At least one of the dimensions fields is required for data contributed to Artefacts Canada as part of a CHIN-funded project (e.g. VMC).
Heading
DIMENSION FIELDS
Comments
Edits were made to this field in May 2010. Data entry rules were made more precise, and harmonized with those recommended in Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. By Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, and Ann Whiteside. Visual Resources Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. Website: http://www.vrafoundation.org/ccoweb/index.htm (accessed 2010-03-05).
Entry rules
Enter a single dimension measurement, expressed as numerics only. Do not use multiple entries. Length is used only for objects with no main side; the length then designates the larger horizontal dimension, and width, the smaller dimension. For objects with a main side, use the width and depth and not the length.
Cataloguers rules
Comments about partial or questionable measurements should be noted in the Dimension Remarks field (DIREM). See also, Unit Linear (UNL).
Data type
real number
Examples
  • 90.5
  • 50
  • 9.217
  • 90,5
  • 50
  • 9.217
Discipline
  • Multidiscipline
Source
  • Archaeology (Specimens) Task Force
  • History Task Force
  • Ethnology Task Force
  • Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. By Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, and Ann Whiteside. Visual Resources Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. Pages 109-120. Website: http://www.vraweb.org/ccoweb/cco/about.html (accessed 2013-10-28).
  • Société des Musées Québécois, How to measure objects? In Documenting Your Collections: Info-Muse Network Documentation Guide. Website: http://www.musees.qc.ca/publicsspec/guidesel/doccoll/en/measure/index.htm (accessed 2010-03-05).
Field label (French)
LONGUEUR
Field mnemonic (French)
LO

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