Hi, Jeff --
I have a slightly different take than Jenn. MODS was also intended
as a low-barrier way to express bibliographic information in XML,
while having semantics that were more aligned with library needs than
are those in Dublin Core.
We do not create MODS natively in our library, but we find it
extremely helpful when we pool metadata created according to different
standards. For example, we transform MARC, VRA Core, and FGDC into
MODS to create specialized topical collections that draw from several
different catalogs. Richer than DC but simpler than MARC, MODS is
useful for us as common target format.
Harvard University Library
Quoting Jeff Jackson <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi Jenn,
> This is most helpful, particularly the phrase "MODS was intended to
> be useful outside of the library community," as my work involves
> analyses data of the sort one finds in library catalogs and
> bibloographic databases such as PubMed. If, say, PsycINFO started
> exporting their data in the MODS format, then I would have something
> to be concerned about.
> Jeffrey B. Jackson, MLIS
> Content File Specialist
> Thomson Reuters
> San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A
> [log in to unmask]
> From: Metadata Object Description Schema List on behalf of Riley, Jenn
> Sent: Thu 4/15/10 4:34 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [MODS] MODS Data
> Hi Jeff,
> One place to start looking is the MODS Implementation Registry
> <http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/registry.php>. Certainly not all
> MODS implementations are listed there, and some entries are out of
> date, but you can get a general sense there. The University of
> Illinois runs a registry of OAI-PMH data providers with a series of
> very interesting reports on various features of those repositories.
> The one on "distinct metadata formats"
> <http://gita.grainger.uiuc.edu/registry/ListSchemas.asp> shows some
> repositories sharing MODS via OAI-PMH.
> As far as where you'll find it, although MODS was intended to be
> useful outside of the library community, that's where its main
> take-up is to date. I'm sure we'd all love to find a way to broaden
> its appeal to other communities, however.
> Jenn Riley
> Metadata Librarian
> Digital Library Program
> Indiana University - Bloomington
> Wells Library W501
> (812) 856-5759
> Inquiring Librarian blog: www.inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>> Behalf Of Jeff Jackson
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:36 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [MODS] MODS Data
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> After reviewing the MODS Schema, I am confused about one thing...who is
>> using this schema and when would I encounter it? I work with data from
>> sorts of bibliographic databases and have yet to encounter any "MODS"
>> data. Please advise.
>> Kind regards,
>> Jeff Jackson
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