Thursday, March 10, 2005

Metadata Authority Description Schema

A new draft of MADS is available. Please review and comment by next Friday, March 18.

The major changes (since the December draft) are:

  1. The constraint that an item (authority, variant, or related) must have exactly one high-level descriptor has been removed. An item may have an arbitrary combination of descriptors.
  2. Descriptor metadata has been eliminated -- identifier and url have been moved to "additional elements".
  3. The nameTitle descriptor has been removed.
  4. Authority attributes have been re-worked.
  5. The structured definition is removed and replaced by unstructured text.

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