[No longer valid in AACR2]

The file characteristics area (area 3 in chapter 9 of AACR2) is not being used at present by CONSER catalogers.  The information is too specific for serials and the use of general terms such as "electronic data" alone is not considered useful.  A file characteristics note may be used to provide information on data storage (see CCM 30.14.2).

See also:

Module 30.  Direct Access Electronic Serials