modsCollection is used when you want to bundle multiple MODS records into a single XML record. The root element is modsCollection and there can be multiple MODS elements (not root elements) within the (single) modsCollection element. There is no requirement that there be multiple MODS elements, it can be a collection of one. And there is no requirement concerning the relationship of the records to each another (it can be a random collection).
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> Subject: [MODS] modsCollection Root Element Use
> Dear all,
> My apologies in advance if this is not the appropriate forum in which to ask my
> I am a new user of Mods and I was wondering how and when exactly is it
> appropriate to use the modsCollection Root element?
> Would this element contain multiple mods root elements? And should the
> records within the collection be part of a series, or can the relationship be that
> the records have the same subject or genre? Or indeed, could the records in
> the collection be arbitrary?
> I have seen some sample records where there is only a single mods record with
> a modsCollection root element, hence my confusion regarding its appropriate
> Thank you for your help,
> Kind regards,