1) A short description of METS applications both planned and in production.
OCLC is using METS in its Digital Archive implementation. The Digital
Archive has 2 ways to ingest objects. The first way is for Web documents
harvested and ingested object-by-object via the OCLC Connexion interface.
The second way is for multiple objects via a batch ingest. The batch ingest
process uses a stand-alone application (the Submission Builder) to take a
tab-delimited metadata file and create a METS document. This METS document
is part of a submission information package (SIP) sent to OCLC along with
the content objects for batch ingest.
The Connexion object-by-object ingest does not use METS. However, the
dissemination of content ingest object-by-object does result in the
transmission of a METS document. For more information on the OCLC Digital
Archive and associated tools see
2) Projected dates of implementation (if not yet in production).
3) URL to any publicly available production or demonstration
There are two OCLC METS extensions available at
4) URL to any available documentation or specifications for the
Digital Archive end-user documentation is available at
5) An indication of whether any METS tools developed as part of the
implementations are available to other METS implementers; and if so, under
what terms (freeware, licensed software, etc.)
The object-by-object harvester tools are available by annual subscription.
These tools include a Web harvester and metadata creation. You can choose
to store the objects harvested in the OCLC Digital Archive (for a monthly
storage fee) or disseminate objects to your own archive. The Submission
Builder is available to institutions wanting to batch ingest into the OCLC
Digital Archive. Batch ingest users pay a per-batch fee and monthly storage
6) Contact name and email address.
Product Manager, Digital Archive
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