Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MADS, Request for Comments

A request for comments from the MADS folks.
The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee has released a draft the MADS 2.0 XML Schema for community review and testing. Your comments are invited on the draft schema, posted at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mads/mads-2-0-draft.xsd by Friday, April 8, 2011. Submit your comments by posting to the MODS listserv.

A full list of changes may be found online at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mads/changes-2-0.html. These changes are of three basic types:
  1. Making parallel changes to MADS that were implemented in MODS 3.2.
  2. Supporting some features of RDA
  3. Structural changes related to namespace polices, and implementing some new features for better multilingual support and expanded functionality.
Some changes were not backwards-compatible, and therefore this new version of MADS will be a major release (2.0) rather than a new incremental release. Note that MADS 2.0 does not yet full support all of the RDA data elements related to entities that are traditionally represented by authority records. Further work in this area is planned for a later release.

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