A new (preliminary) draft of MADS is available
Similar to the previous draft, there is a companion
version of MODS imported,
a slight change from the earlier version, and
still compatible with MODS 3.0
Some changes in this draft from the November 23
1. The following is
now explicit in the schema:
Each authority, related, or variant element
has exactly one descriptor. Before, it could have more than one, but that
was to accomodate name-title (so you included a name descriptor and a title
descriptor) but aside from the name-title combination, there was no other case
where it made sense to include more than one descriptor. What we've done is to
add a nameTitle descriptor. (It combines name and title, and also includes
role, which is applicable only for a name-title, and role is therefore removed
from the name definion.)
2. the <otherElements> wrapper is removed.
3. <url> and <identifier> are
moved into the descriptor, and are considered descriptor metadata (removed from the miscellaneous elements, formerly wrapped by
4. added "equivalent" as a <related>
Used for an authoritative term that is the equivalent of another in
another authority system/thesaurus. Examples are a subject heading in a
different thesaurus that is equivalent to the one being described or a
used in another language-based authority file.
5. ID attribute added as suggested. Also a version
6. Namespace error corrected.
7. xlink attribute added to
8. <address> defined as "choice" instead of
"sequence" so order is not prescribed.
9. madsCollection is now defined (despite the
10. <postition>, previously in
<otherElements> (erroneously) is removed.
11. attributes, attribute groups, and other
auxiliary structures are significantly simplified. This is due in part to the
above mentioned change where there is only one descriptor per item, and in part
to additional streamlining. Perviously there was allowed a set of attributes for
each descriptor, and a global set for the item, but now as an item and
descriptor are equivalent, one global set should do. This may be
oversimplified, if so we can change back.