EPUB 2.0 Metadata - dc:creator and dc:contributor Elements

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What is EPUB 2.0 Metadata "dc:creator" and "dc:contributor" elements?

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EPUB 2.0 Metadata "dc:creator" and "dc:contributor" are optional metadata elements to specify authors and contributors of the EPUB 2.0 book.

EPUB 2.0.1 specification adds two attributes, "role" and "file-as", to the "Dublin Core Metadata Element Set" standard on both "dc:creator" and "dc:contributor" elements:

  • opf:role - to specify the role of this creator or contributor. the role value must be one of the MARC Code List for Relators.
  • opf:file-as - to specify the a normalized form of the name of this creator or contributor. This information can be used for indexing and sorting purposes.

For example, the following two elements specify the author and the illustrator of the book "Adventures of Tom Sawyer":

  <metadata xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" 
   xmlns:opf="http://www.idpf.org/2007/opf">
    ... 
    <dc:creator opf:role="aut" opf:file-as="Twain, Mark">Mark Twain</dc:creator>
    <dc:contributor opf:role="ill" opf:file-as="Williams, True">True Williams</dc:contributor>
    ...

If you want to see an example of "dc:creator" and "dc:contributor elements, you can download this EPUB 2.0 book, Row-Your-Boat-2.0.epub. Unzip it and open package.opf. You see "dc:creator" and "dc:contributor elements.

 

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