This chapter describes the history, development, and use of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) Core 4.0 metadata language, which is especially useful for the description of digital images. The structure of VRA Core and the content standards used with it are discussed, as well as its compatibility with XML. Also considered is how VRA Core is designed to embody the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) user tasks and its adherence to the one-to-one principle. The chapter discusses the vocabularies that can be used with VRA Core. Included are detailed descriptions of the elements of VRA Core, and exercises for practising the use of the standard.
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