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The metadata fields used in Struggles for Freedom come from the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, Version 1.1 with additions for the collection as defined in the metadata guidelines for content contribution.

Alternative title: If the material has been submitted with more than one title, the alternative is also shown.

Attribution: Information about rights held in and over the resource. If marked ‘unknown’, the rights are assumed to lie with the author and/or the repository.

Author: The author or authors of published documents. For example, while a book has one or more authors, a photograph may have one or more photographers, and a poster will have the organization that published or created the poster.

Collection: The intellectual, topical, or contextual grouping of digitized materials within Struggles for Freedom where the material resides (you can use this to browse and find materials in the collection).

Contributor: The institution or individual that contributed the materials to be digitized.

Coverage (spatial): The country or countries of origin.

Coverage (temporal): The time period covered by the material.

Data last modified: The date on which the data in Struggles for Freedom was last updated.

Date: The creation or publication date of the material.

Description: May include but is not limited to: an abstract,  table of contents, a graphical representation, or a free-text account of the resource.

Format extent (length/size): For documents, the number of pages.

Language: The language of the document. The Struggles for Freedom collection contains documents in several original languages (English, Afrikaans, French, Portuguese, and so on).

Publisher: For documents that have been published, the publisher.

Relation: A reference to a related resource.

Repository: The partner institution that provided the material for digitization.

Resource Type: The physical format of this material, such as book, article, painting, drawing, photograph, poster, and so on. Note that this might be implied rather than being displayed directly.

Source: A combination of collection and repository information.

Title: This is the text shown as the title for all views of the material in Struggles for Freedom.

Topic: One or more topics/subtopics from the intellectual architecture for the content area. For a complete list of topics/subtopics see 1BC.

Resource Types

Affidavits: Sworn statements in writing; especially made upon oath before an authorized magistrate or officer.

Articles: Literary compositions prepared for publication as an independent portion of a journal, magazine, newspaper, encyclopedia, or other work.

Biographies: Written accounts of the lives of individuals.

Books: Collections of wood or ivory tablets, sheets of paper, parchment, or similar material, that are blank, written on, or printed, and are strung or bound together; commonly many folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or writing; when printed, a bound volume, or a volume of some size.

Circulars: Use for printed pieces such as notices or advertisements, usually in the form of single sheets or leaflets, intended for wide distribution to the general public.

Constitutions: Documents embodying the fundamental organic law of government of a nation, state, society, or other organized body; laying down fundamental rules and principles for the conduct of affairs.

Drawings: Visual works produced by drawing, which is the application of lines on a surface, often paper, by using a pencil, pen, chalk, or some other tracing instrument to focus on the delineation of form rather than the application of color.

Essays: Short literary compositions on single subjects, often presenting the personal view of the author.

Hearings: Meetings or sessions in which testimony, evidence, or arguments are presented in a formal setting, usually before an official.

Interviews: Statements, transcripts, or recordings of conversations in which one person obtains information from another such as for research purposes, publication, or broadcast.

Illustrations: Refers to pictures or diagrams that clarify or provide an example or visualization. They usually accompany a text; the term is most often used to refer to pictures in books or published journal.

Journals (Periodicals): Periodicals containing scholarly articles or otherwise disseminating information on developments in scholarly fields.

Letters (Correspondence): Pieces of correspondence that are somewhat more formal than memoranda or notes, usually on paper and delivered.

Magazines (Periodicals): Periodicals containing articles, essays, poems, or other writings by different authors, usually on a variety of topics and intended for a general reading public or treating a particular area of interest for a popular audience.

Manuscripts: Handwritten documents; may also be used to distinguish certain documents from published or otherwise printed documents, as in the case of typed personal letters or a typescript from which printed versions are made.

Maps: Refers to graphic or photogrammetric representations of the Earth's surface or a part of it, including physical features and political boundaries, where each point corresponds to a geographical or celestial position according to a definite scale or projection. The term may also refer to similar depictions of planets, suns, other heavenly bodies, or areas of the heavens. Maps are typically depicted on a flat medium, such as on paper, a wall, or a computer screen.

Memoirs: Narratives or histories autobiographical in nature or stressing the author's personal experience of the events.

Memorandums: Documents recording information used for internal communication.

Minutes: Records of what was said and done at meetings or conferences.

Newsletters: Periodic reports on the activities of a business or organization.

Newspapers: Papers that are printed and distributed daily, weekly, or at some other regular and usually short intervals and which contain news, editorials and opinions, features, advertising, and other matter considered of general interest.

Notes: Brief statements of a fact or experience, written down for review, or as an aid to memory, or to inform someone else; also includes short, informal letters.

Oral Histories: Works that record interviews conducted to preserve the recollections of persons whose experience or memories are representative or are of special historical or social significance.

Pamphlets: Complete, non-periodical printed works generally of few pages, sometimes with a paper cover.

Periodicals: Publications issued at regular intervals of more than one day.

Photographs: Still images produced from radiation-sensitive materials (sensitive to light, electron beams, or nuclear radiation), generally by means of the chemical action of light on a sensitive film, paper, glass, or metal. It does not include reproductive prints of documents and technical drawings, for which descriptors found under "<reprographic copies>" are more appropriate. Photographs may be positive or negative, opaque or transparent.

Poetry: Literary and oral genre rooted in the compressed cogent imaginative awareness, associations of experiences, ideas, or emotional responses of a person and arranged under an organized criterion of meaning, conscious and unconscious expression, symbolism, formal or informal pattern, sound, and rhythm. The genre encompasses narrative, dramatic, satiric, didactic, erotic, and personal forms.

Policy Documents: A course of action or principles adopted or proposed by a government or an organization.

Posters: Notices intended to be posted to advertise, promote, or publicize an activity, cause, product, or service; also, decorative, mass-produced prints intended for hanging. For small printed notices or advertisements see circulars.

Press Releases: Official or authoritative statements giving information for publication in newspapers or periodicals.

Proceedings: Records of meetings of a society, conference or other organization, usually published, and frequently accompanied by abstracts or reports of papers presented.

Programs: Brief outlines or explanations of the order to be pursued, criteria for participation, or the subjects embraced in a given event or endeavor. Includes lists of the features composing a dramatic or other performance, with the names of participants.

Records: Recorded information, regardless of medium, created, received, and maintained by an agency, institution, organization, or individual in pursuance of its legal obligations or in the transaction of business.

Reports: Documents containing presentations of facts or the record of some proceeding, investigation, or event.

Resolutions: Formal expressions of the opinion formed by some superior authority on matters referred to its decision and forwarded to inferior authorities for their instruction and government.

Sheet music: Music printed on unbound sheets of paper.

Speeches: Documents containing the text of any public address or talk.

Testimonies: Solemn declarations reduced to writing, usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official.

Theses: Discourses advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree.

Transcripts: Copies transcribed from an original text or document and also for written records of words originally spoken, such as of court proceedings, broadcasts, or oral histories.

Struggles for Freedom Topics

Topics in ‘Struggles for Freedom’ were identified and grouped by a panel of subject experts.

Topic areas are grouped into five major areas: ‘The Colonial System and Its Consequences’, ‘Popular Resistance’, ‘Anti-Colonial Organizations’, ‘Regional and International Contexts’, and ‘Wars of Liberation’, ‘Internal Conflicts, And Destabilization’. Within each of these five major topics, there are between seven and thirteen sub-topics, for a total of 55 topics.

Within ‘Struggles for Freedom’, the major areas and related topics are:

The Colonial System and Its Consequences

Imposition of Colonial Rule
Political Systems
Economic Systems
Judicial Systems
Forced Removals
Social Impact
Religious Impact
Cultural Impact
Educational Impact
Regime Adaptations
Critical Events and Conjunctures

Popular Resistance

Rural Resistance
Urban Resistance
Women and Resistance
Youth, Student, and Teacher Opposition
Workers' Struggles
Religious Resistance
Cultural Resistance
Intellectual Opposition
White Opposition
Critical Events and Conjunctures   

Anti-Colonial Organizations

Political Organizations
Nationalist Alliances
Exile Politics and Strategies
Prison Politics
Recurring Debates
Internal Conflicts
Critical Events and Conjunctures

Regional and International Contexts

Southern Africa
North America
Latin America and Caribbean
Western Europe
Nordic Countries
Eastern Europe and (Former) Soviet Union
Middle East
South and Southeast Asia
East Asia
Australia and New Zealand
Critical Events and Conjunctures

Wars of Liberation, Internal Conflicts, and Destabilization

Guerrilla Campaigns
Counter-insurgency Efforts
Regional Alliances
Regime Destabilization
Contested Accounts and Interpretations
Internal Conflicts
Peace Processes
Critical Events and Conjunctures

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