instantiationDataRate expresses the amount of data in a digital media file that is encoded, delivered or distributed, for every second of time.

Best practice: This should be expressed as numerical data, with the units of measure declared in the unitsOfMeasure attribute. For example, if the audio file is 56 kilobits/second, then 56 should be the value of instantiationDataRate and the attribute unitsOfMeasure should be kilobits/second.

instantiationDataRate can be contained by pbcoreInstantiation, pbcoreInstantiationDocument, or instantiationPart.

Usage: optional, not repeatable.


  • unitsOfMeasure – optionalThe unitsOfMeasure attribute defines the unit used in the containing element, e.g. pixels, GB, Mb/s, ips, fps, kHz, inches, lines, dpi. We recommend standardizing the notation that is most widely recognized in your institution and using with consistency.
  • source – optional. The source attribute provides the name of the authority used to declare the value of the element. Different elements will use the source attribute slightly differently. For example, identifier source (required) should be the name of the organization, institution, system or namespace that the identifier came from, such as “PBS NOLA Code” or an institutional database identifier. For other elements, this might be the name of a controlled vocabulary, namespace or authority list, such as Library of Congress Subject Headings. We recommend a consistent and human readable use.
  • ref – optional. The ref attribute is used to supply a source’s URI for the value of the element. Attribute ref can be used to point to a term in a controlled vocabulary, or a URI associated with a source.
  • version – optional. The version attribute identifies any version information about the authority or convention used to express data of this element.
  • annotation – optional. The annotation attribute includes narrative information intended to clarify the nature of data used in the element. Can be used as a notes field to include any additional information about the element or associated attributes.


instantiationDataRate contains no subelements.


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