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OPERATING PRINCIPLE - Humanities

Field label
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
Field mnemonic
OPR
Field name
  • Operating Principle
  • Principe de fonctionnement
Field definition
This field contains information on the principle governing the operation of the object. The operating principle refers to the mechanisms, processes and physical or chemical principles that govern the operation of the object.
Status
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada.
Heading
DESCRIPTIVE 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). This field was added to Artefacts Canada in 2009 as a result of a recommendation by the CHIN Standards Working Groups.
Entry rules
Enter the operating principle. Enter information not already fully described in other fields. Use natural word order. Use complete sentences. Use sentence case and capitalize proper names. Avoid abbreviations. Write the Operating Principle in the language of the catalogue record. Use diacritics as appropriate. All information that is in the Operating Principle and is required for retrieval should also be indexed in appropriate fields elsewhere in the record.
Cataloguers rules
Do not confuse the Operating Principle (OPR) field with the History of Use (HU) field. The Operating Principle field contains a brief description of the operating mechanisms of the object, whereas the History of Use field contains information on the different uses of the object.
Data type
alpha-numeric string
Examples
  • The image is reflected in the first mirror and then in the second, where the image is inverted, before being reflected into the dual eyepiece.
  • L'image est réfléchie dans le premier miroir, puis dans le second où l'image est inversée, avant d'entrer dans l'oculaire à deux lentilles.
Discipline
  • Multidiscipline
Source
  • Société des musées québécois, Documenting Your Collections: Info-Muse Network Documentation Guide, Montréal. Website. http://www.musees.qc.ca/publicsspec/guidesel/doccoll/en/ethno-art-techno/pf.htm (accessed 2010-03-05)
  • 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 247-251. Website: http://www.vraweb.org/ccoweb/cco/about.html (accessed 2013-10-28).
Field label (French)
PRINCIPE DE FONCTIONNEMENT
Field mnemonic (French)
PF

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