Hi Jody,

Thank you for the kind message.

7train was designed in such a way that it can be modified to accommodate 
XML of any flavor.  The one caveat I make to that statement is that a 
requirement of the system (and of METS in general) is that the XML 1.) 
identifies all of the files that make up the object and 2.) describes 
how those files fit together (the structure).  We had focused on 
CONTENTdm XML for our initial release as that system was involved in the 
project that spawned 7train's development.

I am more than willing to talk to you in more detail about what the 
above paragraph means.  Feel free to call or email.

In the meantime, please look over the following files included with the 
tool, including some sample files (input & transformation):


Also, the Documentation webpage for the project 
( gives a 
little more information that may be helpful.


Paul Fogel
California Digital Library
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Deridder, Jody L wrote:
> Paul!  This is very exciting.  Especially since XTF needs METS records
> for input, and especially since we have 10,000 items on their way that
> need METS records for DAITSS.
>    However, we do not have ContentDM, so I have no idea what a sample
> export record from that software looks like.  Would you be willing to
> provide a handful of sample input files with the software?
> Jody DeRidder
> IT Administrator
> Digital Library Center
> University of Tennessee Libraries
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard 
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of paul fogel
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 4:31 PM
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>> Subject: [METS] 7train METS generation tool
>> The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce 
>> the release of "7train", an XSLT 2.0-based tool for 
>> generating Metadata and Encoding Transmission Standard (METS) 
>> files from standardized XML inputs.  
>> Version 1 of the open-source, platform-independent tool is 
>> available via Sourceforge at
>> 7train was designed to transform XML documents into METS 
>> files conforming to a specific METS profile.  This initial 
>> implementation was designed with the goal of transforming 
>> exports from the CONTENTdm digital asset management tool 
>> (Version 4.0 and higher) into the CDL 7train METS profile, 
>> available at, 
>> which is suitable for inclusion in CDL repositories.  
>> However, the tool can be customized to produce METS files 
>> from any kind of standardized XML document (e.g, OAI records).
>> The tool was developed through the CDL's work in the 
>> "California Local History Digital Resources Project", a 
>> multi-year LSTA grant-funded project that explores a model to 
>> aggregate, preserve, and provide permanent public access to 
>> digitized local history content via a statewide online access point.
>> The CDL invites METS implementors and CONTENTdm users to 
>> utilize and comment on the toolkit.  The Sourceforge web page 
>> contains contact information for feedback.
>> --
>> Paul Fogel
>> California Digital Library
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>> 510.987.0680