Wednesday, May 19, 2004


It's Opening Day for METS by Roy Tennant discusses the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard. He concludes:
But whether we use MPEG-21 or METS, a standard that provides a method to encapsulate all the information about an object—whether digital or not - is crucial. Publishers provide information about their books using the ONIX metadata standard. Librarians create MARC records for those books and perhaps eventually scan tables of contents or even the entire book. We need a way to capture all the files and metadata for a single intellectual object in a format that can be easily shared. Whether we develop our own standard, or help shape a standard outside our profession, it's a worthy and important goal.

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