the project site is still available through the Internet Archive (http://web.archive.org/web/20040804101826/http://www.leeds.ac.uk/cedars/colman/metadata/metadataspec.html).
I think I didn't put our requirements into the right words. In our project we want to preserve digital born literature. During the 1990s and the following years a certain amount of German authors wrote net literature, i.e. literature expressed in html-pages, usually with a huge amount of hyperlinks and images and so on. We now want to preserve this literature using web archiving.
Our aim is to keep records of the original hard- and software used to create/view the pages at its date of origin. So we wouldn't actually need a documentation of how the work was digitized (since it was already digital born), but of the technical environment it was created on.
As for cedars, I know that it's a predecessor of the PREMIS metadata scheme. Unfortunately PREMIS is ill-fitted for our project since we don't want to keep records of every element of the web pages, but only of the web page itself. Thus, I thought we could use cedars, which documents at page level.
I understand that the usage of cedars might be critical since it's already ten years old and no longer supported, but couldn't find any alternatives.
I thank you for your answer and would be glad if you could give some further advice or recommend other metadata schemes for us.
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Colin Gross [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 8. Oktober 2013 17:03
> An: [log in to unmask]
> Betreff: Re: [METS] Request for metadata schema review
> Greetings Ms. Kuch,
> I was unable to find a copy of the schema for CEDARS
> metadata. The project site seems to have been taken down.
> From what descriptions of the elements I could find, it does
> not look like a schema that I would recommend.
> It seems to me that this schema is ill fitted to capturing
> the chain of devices, operators, and technical environments
> that lead from a physical artifact to a set of digital files.
> While I think it is possible to provide sufficient
> information in the ingest process history, action history,
> and original technical environment elements, I do not think
> it would be obvious how the elements are connected. In
> short, the schema would make it difficult for me to
> reconstruct the precise diagram of devices that led from the
> physical media to the digital.
> I am partial to the AES Process History schema for audio
> There is nothing equivalent for video process history, but
> it's in the works.
> /* Colin Gross
> * Application Programmer
> * Digital Library Production Service
> * University of Michigan Library
> On Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM, Kuch, Stephanie
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear ladies and gentlemen,
> the German literature archive in Marbach am Neckar is
> working on a project concerning the preservation of
> electronic literature. We consider using MODS and CEDARS
> metadata schema wrapped in METS. Thus, we kindly request you
> to review the CEDARS metadata schema for its usage within METS.
> Herzliche Grüße/Kind regards,
> Stephanie Kuch
> Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach
> Postfach 1162
> 71672 Marbach am Neckar
> Telefon +49-7144/848-724 <tel:%2B49-7144%2F848-724>
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