coverageType is used to identify the actual type of keywords that are being used by its companion metadata element coverage. coverageType provides a picklist of two possible types – spatial or temporal – because coverage in intellectual content may be expressed spatially by geographic location or it may also be expressed temporally by a date, period, era, or time-based event.

coverageType can only be contained by pbcoreCoverage.

Usage: optional, not repeatable.


coverageType has no attributes.


coverageType contains no subelements.

Controlled Vocabularies

PBCore coverageType (required)


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