METS News and Announcements
METS Beta Schema Released
A Beta version of the Metadata Encoding & Transmission Standard (METS) XML schema is now available from the official METS web site: http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/
METS provides an XML-based framework for encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata for a digital library object. It can be used both as a standardized mechanism for exchanging digital library objects between repositories, and as an encoding mechanism for local storage, retrieval and display of digital library objects. METS has been developed as an initiatve of the Digital Library Federation (http://www.clir.org/diblib/) and is being maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress (http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/ndmso.html).
This is a Beta release of the METS schema. Input from the library community regarding the design of the METS schema is encouraged. Comments regarding METS' design should be submitted to the METS listserv; details about subscribing to the listserv are available at the METS web site. A meeting of the METS initiative design group to discuss revisions to the XML schema based on input from the community has been tentatively scheduled for September, 2001. Comments regarding the METS schema should be posted to the listserv prior to the end of August so that they can be reviewed by the design group prior to that meeting.
The Library of Congress
Library of Congress Help Desk ( August 30, 2001 )