Indicator (metadata)

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In metadata an indicator is a Boolean value that may contain only the values true or false. The definition of an Indicator must include the meaning of a true value and should also include the meaning if the value is false.

If a data element may take another value to represent e.g. unknown or not applicable, then a Code should be used instead of an Indicator, and the meanings of all possible values should be clearly defined.

The suffix Indicator is used in ISO/IEC 11179 metadata registry standard as a representation term.

Example of Use of Indicator in XML[edit]

An example use of the Indicator suffix is if an XML document was required to contain the passing status of a Student in a statewide assessment. The data element would be:


Standards that use the indicator representation term[edit]

The following metadata registry standards use the term indicator

See also[edit]

Metadata ISO/IEC 11179 Representation term Code

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