Dear MODS list,
The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee is working through a long list of change proposals for the 3.4 and 4.0 versions of MODS. The 3.4 release will include minor changes, and the 4.0 release will include more major changes that prevent backwards compatibility with the 3.x versions. We'll be posting to this list and to the MODS web site specific change proposals as they are approved for inclusion. The Committee meets via conference call biweekly, and we expect that approving the queued changes for 3.4 will take several more calls. Here is a summary of recent developments:
Changes for 3.4 approved on May 20, 2009:
* Update the definition of <dateCaptured> to match the RDA definition: "the date associated with the capture (i.e., recording, filming, etc.) of the content of a resource." Currently the definition implies this element only applies to digital resources.
* Update vocabulary for mode of issuance (in mods: originInfo/issuance) to accommodate RDA values. Now in MODS: monographic, continuing. In RDA: single-part item, multipart monograph, serial, integrating resource. 3.4 will allow any of these 6 values to be used.
Changes for 3.4 approved on June 10, 2009:
* Add a new global attribute "shareable", with a single value "no". This attribute will be available on any MODS element, and can be used to signal this element should not appear in the MODS records for any shared or downstream uses.
* Add a new attribute "supplied", with a single value "yes" to these elements: originInfo/edition, originInfo/place, originInfo/publisher, physicalDescription/extent, and titleInfo. For MODS 4.0, we will consider altering the structure of the qualifier attribute on date elements to match this new attribute, and determine how best to indicate uncertainty in a consistent way across date elements and others elsewhere in MODS.
Change for 3.4 approved on June 17, 2009:
* Add the edtf <http://www.loc.gov/standards/datetime> date format to the list of values for the encoding attribute on the MODS date elements.
On our next call we will resume considering changes needed to support records created according to RDA principles.
We look forward to hearing your feedback,
Chair, MODS/MADS Editorial Committee
Digital Library Program
Indiana University - Bloomington
Wells Library W501
Inquiring Librarian blog: www.inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com