Dear MODS community,
The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee is exploring how we might allow MODS to
distinguish publishers, distributors, and other publisher-like entities,
driven by this request on the MODS list:
currently working on MODS 3.5, which as an incremental release must be
backwards compatible with the previous incremental version, which rules
out restructuring <originInfo> (at least in this version). Making changes
to <originInfo> gets complicated since several different types of elements
are wrapped within it.
We're currently examining two different approaches. (1) adding an
attribute (@originRole or similar) to <originInfo>, or (2) adding an
attribute (@role or similar) to selected subelements of <originInfo>, such
as <place> and <publisher>. Examples of these options, along with a bit of
discussion, can be found at:
We're interested in getting feedback on which of these two options for
MODS 3.5 you'd prefer. Would your workflows work better on repeated
<originInfo>s or repeated subelements within <originInfo>? If you repeated
<originInfo>, what would your preferred practice for handling the
originInfo subelements not related to publication be?
Thank you for your thoughts!
Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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