A Series is a Collection record that can have child Seasons and Episodes. This includes series of programs presented on television (including mini-series), theatrically (such as The Perils of Pauline), and on the Web (such as lonelygirl15). Series have a Series Referent Type. Episodes in a Series can be TV, Movie, Web, Short, or Supplemental Referent Types, which cannot be inherited and must be self-defined.
Alternate Resource Names can be provided for other markets. The Approximate Length should be the length of a typical episode, or 0. For a theatrical serial, this can be the total duration of all the installments. The Credits should be provided if they do not change for the entire series; otherwise, this information should be provided in the Season or Episode.
The Extra Object Metadata for a Series is contained within SeriesInfo:
|Field Name||Type||Cardinality||Explanatory Notes|
|EndDate||A date (of type xs:date) or four-digit year (of type xs:gYear): e.g., 2006-05-14 <xs:element minOccurs=”0″ name=”EndDate” type=”eidr:dateType”/>||0-1 Optional||Strongly recommended if applicable and known. The date the last Episode of the Series was released or aired. See “Time and Date Details” above.|
|SeriesClass||Enumeration: Episodic, Anthology, Mini-series <xs:element minOccurs=”0″ name=”SeriesClass” type=”eidr:seriesClassType”/>||0-1 Optional||Describes the general type of Series. Most Series are Episodic, which is assumed if no Series Class is provided. See “SeriesClass Details” below.|
|NumberRequired||Boolean: e.g., true <xs:element minOccurs=”0″ name=”NumberRequired” type=”xs:boolean”/>||0-1 Optional||If true, then all direct child Season and Episode records must have a Sequence or Distribution Number. Skipping this element is equivalent to setting it false.|
|DateRequired||Boolean: e.g., true <xs:element minOccurs=”0″ name=”DateRequired” type=”xs:boolean”/>||0-1 Optional||If true, then all direct child Season and Episode records must have a full date (not just a four-digit year) in their Release Date. Skipping this element is equivalent to setting it false.|
|OriginalTitleRequired||Boolean: e.g., true <xs:element minOccurs=”0″ name=”OriginalTitleRequired” type=”xs:boolean”/>||0-1 Optional||If true, then all direct child Season and Episode records must have a user-supplied Resource Name (it cannot be system-generated). Skipping this element is equivalent to setting it false.|
Here is sample XML for the Extra Object Metadata for a Series (the preceding Base Object Data is not shown):
<ExtraObjectMetadata> <SeriesInfo> <EndDate>2009</EndDate> <NumberRequired>true</NumberRequired> </SeriesInfo> </ExtraObjectMetadata>
NOTE: There is a Registry validation rule that prohibits empty XML tags in submitted records. Since all of the Series Extra Object Metadata elements are optional, it is theoretically possible to construct an empty Series Info block. For this reason, at least one of the Series Info blocks elements must be included. This can be satisfied by setting NumberRequired to false. This is functionally the same as providing no Number Required field at all, so there is no impact on the child records. This issue does not affect other Derived Types, such as Seasons and Episodes, because all of the others have at least one required field.
|Episodic||The typical structure of a series. The episodes have a continuing through-line of characters, actors, or plot and are produced in sets by a coordinated production effort. This includes sitcoms, soap operas, dramas, game shows, etc.|
|Anthology||A series of largely independent works. Typical of documentary series. Less common for scripted fiction. The included episodes may also be presented as stand-alone works or a new anthology series may be constructed by combining episodes from other series.|
|Mini-series||A limited run series. This includes broadcast miniseries with two or more original episodes and theatrical serials or chapter plays.|