> Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 23:56:02 +0100
> From: Keri Blythe <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Basic definition question
> I have been researching current metadata standards and have come up with
> some basic questions. I am hoping someone might be able to assist me. I
> apologize for any incorrect use of terminology (I have very little
> background in this field).
> 1. Is the element set established by the DCMI a set of elements used to
> fulfill the standardized requirements of "Descriptive Metadata" as defined
> by the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS), or does it cover
> more than that?
METS does not specify any standardized requirements for descriptive
metadata. It merely provides a mechanism by which desriptive metadata can
be added from a different namespace. DC is one of the possibilities. MODS
and MARCXML are others.
> 2. Are there other initiatives that are working to develop standards for
> the other types of metadata required in a METS document (administrative,
> structural, file groups, and behavioral), or are these generally defined
Yes, there are other initiatives to develop standards for other types of
metadata. See links under METS extenders on the METS page
(http://www.loc.gov/mets). There are technical metadata schemes for audio
and text that will be added to this list soon. It is the goal of the METS
community to establish "application profiles" to encourage the use of
particular extension schemes (to foster data exchange and
interoperability), while, at the same time, continuing to allow the
freedom for projects to develop their own extension schemas according to
their own special needs.
Rebecca Guenther (on behalf of Morgan Cundiff)
^^ Rebecca S. Guenther ^^
^^ Senior Networking and Standards Specialist ^^
^^ Network Development and MARC Standards Office ^^
^^ 1st and Independence Ave. SE ^^
^^ Library of Congress ^^
^^ Washington, DC 20540-4402 ^^
^^ (202) 707-5092 (voice) (202) 707-0115 (FAX) ^^
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> Thank you in advance for your assistance!