Hi, here's a project using METS that may be of interest.
> 1) A short description of the METS application
The Chinese Digital Museum Project is a collaborative project between
the Chinese Ministry of Education, Hewlett-Packard Company and several
Chinese universities, including Beijing Normal University and Beihang
Many universities in China have one or more museums. In order to improve
access of research communities, students/teachers and the general public
to the artefacts in these museums, these universities are undertaking
the digitisation of those artefacts. The principal aim of the project is
to enable these universities to provide infrastructure based on DSpace
to store, manage, preserve and disseminate the digitised versions of the
artefacts. In the final phase of the project, there will be around 100
university museums with digital artefacts stored in federated DSpace
The basis of the replication aspect of this infrastructure is harvesting
METS documents over OAI-PMH, which include references to content files.
Those files can then be replicated via network or storage Grid.
> 2) Projected dates of implementation (if not yet in production).
Currently in prototype; first deployments later in 2005
> 3) URL to any publicly available production or demonstration
> 4) METS Profile information including: a) Status of METS
> profiles b)Registered
> profile names (if any) and c) links to documentation about
> profiles and any
> unregistered profiles in progress.
Will be based on "standard" DSpace METS profile.
> 5) METS extension schemas being used for descriptive and
Currently, the various Dublin Core schemas for Qualified Dublin Core,
plus various extension schemas for different categories of museum
object. A metadata schema for technical metadata about files
(bitstreams) in DSpace will be required; this will be the same as the
"standard" DSpace schema used for this purpose (which doesn't yet exist)
> 6) URL to any available documentation or specifications for the
Currently, the best place to check for information is
http://wiki.dspace.org/ChinaDigitalMuseumProject -- will be updated
> 7) An indication of whether any METS tools developed as part of the
> implementations are available to other METS implementors; and
> if so, under
> what terms (freeware, licensed software, etc.)
All extensions to DSpace will be folded back into main DSpace code base,
thus available as BSD-license open source. Extensions to allow METS to
be harvested over OAI-PMH already available.
> 8) Contact name and email address.
Robert Tansley, HP Labs. robert.tansley _at_ hp.com.
Robert TANSLEY / Digital Media Systems Programme / HP Labs