2.3.1. Content Type

Information about the genre, the task, the modalities, the subject, and the communication context. For example:

Content type

Figure 2.10. Content type

Many of the fields under Content Type offer predefined values that are displayed in the form of pull-down menus[3]: some of them only accept values from the pull-down menu, while others allow you to enter alternative values (see below). Furthermore, it is sometimes possible to enter more than one value – in this case, please separate the values with a comma. See Section 1.5.2 for the different options and how they are symbolized in the IMDI Editor.

Genre and Subgenre

Information about the genre and the subgenre, whereby Subgenre is dependent on Genre. I.e., the value that you enter under Genre will determine the values that are available under Subgenre. Both Genre and Subgenre are 'open vocabularies', i.e., you do not have to select a value from the pull-down menu, but can enter an alternative value instead. The following values have been suggested:


If there are several Subgenres, you can enter all of them into the Subgenre field. Separate them with a comma.


The name of the experimental or stimuli-based task that was carried out (if any). Choose a value from the pull-down menu (e.g. info-kiosk, wizard-of-oz, travel-planning, room reservation, or frog story), or type in an alternative value.


The modalities under investigation. Choose a value from the pull-down menu (e.g., speech, writing, gestures, pointing-gestures, signs, eye-gaze, facial-expressions, emotional-state, haptic), or type in an alternative value.


The subject(s) or topic(s) of the session. There are no constraints on this field.

Communication Context

Information about the communication context, i.e., levels of participant interaction, the degree of planning through the speaker(s), the involvement of the researcher(s), the social context, the event structure, and the channel. All six are 'closed vocabularies', i.e., a value from the pull-down menu must be chosen – other values will not be accepted. Enter the following information:

[3] Please see the document IMDI Metadata Elements for Session Descriptions under http://www.mpi.nl/IMDI/ for updated lists of values and their definitions.