Mets

Description

METS stands for Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard.

The METS schema is a standard for encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata regarding objects within a digital library, expressed using the XML schema language of the World Wide Web Consortium. The standard is maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress, and is being developed as an initiative of the Digital Library Federation.

More information about METS can be found at [http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/].

Also for some general ideas about the structure of a Digital Object within the Fedora context visit the following: [http://www.fedora.info/download/2.0/userdocs/digitalobjects/objectModel.html]

Background

Discussion concerning functionality involving [RM4] and other [Import-Export] have indicated that a standard XML transmission format for objects is needed. VTLS and ARROW have agreed that METS is the format of choice.

VTLS and ARROW have decided that the use of the [Fedora] METS profile known as ''metslikefedora1'' will be the best solution within the ARROW context.

Here is an example on the Fedora website:

[http://www.fedora.info/download/2.0/userdocs/digitalobjects/mets-ingest-example.xml]

Here is the XML Schema Definition:

[http://www.fedora.info/definitions/1/0/mets-fedora-ext.xsd]

The "disseminator" aspects of the schema can probably be ignored. The main focus will be on the content and metadata.

There was also discussion of using the FOXML format, which is a Fedora-defined XML format that more closely resembles the Digital Object structure as used by the Fedora software. This option was however rejected because it is not a more widely accepted standard.

Here is an example on the Fedora website:

[http://www.fedora.info/download/2.0/userdocs/digitalobjects/foxml-ingest-example.xml]

Here is the XML Schema Definition:

[http://www.fedora.info/definitions/1/0/foxml1-0.xsd]

References

|[http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/]|Web Site|Library of Congress
|[http://www.fedora.info/definitions/1/0/mets-fedora-ext.xsd]|METS Schema|Fedora
|[http://www.fedora.info/definitions/1/0/foxml1-0.xsd]|FOXML Schema|Fedora

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