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The Digital Library Federation's Aquifer Initiative is pleased to 
invite public review and comment on the DLF MODS Implementation 
Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Materials.

The primary goal of the Digital Library Federation's Aquifer 
Initiative is to enable distributed content to be used effectively by 
libraries and scholars for teaching, learning, and research. The 
provision of rich, shareable metadata for this distributed content is 
an important step towards this goal. To this end, the Metadata 
Working Group of the DLF Aquifer Initiative has developed a set of 
implementation guidelines for the Metadata Object Description Schema 
(MODS). These guidelines are meant specifically for metadata records 
that are to be shared (whether by the Open Archives Initiative 
Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH) or other means) and that 
describe digital cultural heritage and humanities-based scholarly 
resources. The Guidelines are available at 
http://www.diglib.org/aquifer/DLF_MODS_ImpGuidelines_ver4.pdf (pdf 
document about 470 kb).

In order to ensure the Implementation Guidelines are useful and 
coherent, we are collecting comments and feedback from the wider 
digital library community. We appreciate any and all comments, 
feedback, and questions. These may be sent to 
[log in to unmask] The deadline for 
comments and review is January 20, 2006.

DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group:

Sarah Shreeves (Chair) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Chapman - University of Minnesota
Bill Landis - California Digital Library
Liz Milewicz - Emory University
David Reynolds - Johns Hopkins University
Jenn Riley - Indiana University
Gary Shawver - New York University

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Sarah L. Shreeves
Coordinator, Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and 
Scholarship (IDEALS)
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-244-3877 or 217-244-7809
Email: [log in to unmask]