This message was cross-posted. Please excuse any duplication. ------------------------------------------------------------- The final version of The Report on the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Metadata Specifications is now available on GPO Access at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/about/reports/metadata.html. Background: GPO is working with the library community and others in the information community on a national digitization plan, with the goal of digitizing a complete legacy collection of tangible U.S. Government publications. The objective is to ensure that the digital collection is available, in the public domain, for no-fee permanent public access through the FDLP. The project will ensure that the collection is digitally reformatted for preservation purposes. The digital preservation masters and the associated metadata will be preserved in the GPO electronic archive (in addition to any other places that the materials might be held), and there will be no-fee public access to the content through derivative files on GPO Access. The Report on the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Metadata Specifications, which is located at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/about/reports/metadata.html, is a summary of the second of two meetings held to assist GPO in developing specifications for the digitization project. This meeting, focusing on descriptive and preservation metadata, was held at GPO in June 2004. A summary of the overall discussion of the experts and the necessary resources for the metadata package submission are included in the report. Also included is a listing of metadata elements that is not meant to be viewed as a final list of required metadata elements, but a list of metadata elements, based on this discussion and the recommended readings as put forth in the meeting. It provides a common set of elements from which to build for digitization project. For information on The Report of the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Digital Preservation Masters, held March 2004, go to http://www.gpoaccess.gov/about/reports/preservation.html. Please visit http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legacy/index.html for more information on GPO's digitization and preservation initiatives.