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The Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce that it now serves as the maintenance agency for textMD.
textMD is a XML Schema that details technical metadata for text-based digital objects. It most commonly serves as an extension schema used within the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Schema (METS) administrative metadata section. textMD can also exist as a standalone instance. In the future textMD can be used within the PREMIS additionalTechnicalCharacteristics element, which serves an extension for format-specific metadata within the PREMIS preservation metadata Object XML Schema version 2.0.
textMD was originally created by the New York University Digital Library Team (NYU), and had been maintained by NYU through the current supported version (2.2). In October 2007, LoC assumed maintenance of textMD. This has entailed authoring an official web site , creating a listserv  for fostering discussion, as well as working on updates to an alpha version of the 3.0 textMD schema  that will offer new elements and a new default namespace. A small, informal group of textMD implementers will discuss new features for the 3.0 schema next week at the Digital Library Federation Spring 2008 Forum in Minneapolis, MN.
Digital Project Coordinator
Network Development & MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress
LA308, Mail Stop 4402
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
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