I figured for our project we wouldn’t necessarily need life dates for creators, but thought it interesting to include the practice exists on other digital image repositories.
An entity primarily responsible for making the resource. Can include a person, organization, or service, but typically is a personal name.
Required, if known.
No; any secondary contributions belong to Contributor or Publisher element, if applicable (where Publisher is usually used for an organization, vs. Creator used for persons).
Guidelines for Creation of Content
Controlled forms use inverted personal name order: Last (surname or family name), First (given name).
Creators should be listed separately, if more than one.
If no local content guidelines are in place, the best practice for consistency is to use the form of the name as in the Library of Congress Name Authority File.
Creator: Melville, Herman
Creator: Indiana State Library
Creator=”Shakespeare, William” (from Dublin Core)
Indiana Memory lists dates of birth and death at the end of the Creator data (e.g.: Lincoln, Abraham, (1809-1865)).
Minnesota Reflections also denotes use of life dates at the end of the character string. Their creator format is as follows: Last, First, Middle or Middle Initial if known, Life dates if known. E.g.: Whitney, Joel Emmons, 1822-1886.