Recommendation 6. Capture authors' affiliations using dc:contributor.
For a bibliographic resource, in particular a journal article, an author's affiliation is a significant item of information, for resource discovery (e.g. 'find all articles about magnesium published by members of The University of Manchester') as well as for resource description. The affiliation for a journal article or conference paper pertains to the resource. It is the author's affiliation when they created the resource, and will persist even if the author moves to a different institution. Thus it is a property of the resource rather than of the author. It is suggested that this affiliation be captured as the value of a dc:contributor property, recognising that the author's institution will have contributed to the creation of the resource. Because affiliation is a property of the resource, rather than a creator, the fact that there is no way to correlate particular authors with their affiliations (when there are multiple authors) is not an issue.