I am pleased to announce the establishment of a MODS/MADS Editorial
Committee to maintain and develop the Metadata Object Description Schema,
the Metadata Authority Description Schema, and their supporting
documentation.  With the increase in stakeholders, especially for use with
digital projects, the "open listserv" form of maintenance needed to give
way to a more measured process.  However, the MODS listserv will remain the
primary communication vehicle for hearing about needs for the schemas and
for asking questions about and requesting review of possible changes. 

The Committee, a group of MODS implementers with diverse experience, will
have its first (virtual) meeting in late October.  The members are:  Jenn
Riley, Indiana University (Chair); Joe Altimus, Arizona State University;
Ann Caldwell, Brown University; Bill Landis, Yale University; Sarah
Shreeves, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign; Robin Wendler, Harvard
University; Terry Reese, Oregon State; Bill Leonard, Library and Archives
Canada; John Chapman, OCLC; Jan Ashton, British Library; Rebecca Guenther,
Library of Congress; Sally McCallum, Library of Congress.  Jenn Riley, who
agreed to serve as chair, was also a leader in the development of the
Aquifer Guidelines for MODS, and, of course, an implementer at IU. 

The MODS Editorial Committee has the following goals:
  Set direction and priorities for MODS and MADS development
  Approve additions, corrections and revisions of the MODS and MADS schemas
  Maintain the MODS and MADS guidelines, reviewing and providing revisions
as needed
  Promote use and understanding of MODS and MADS for appropriate applications
  Interact with other metadata efforts and standards where there is
synergy (e.g. MARC, Dublin Core, METS, and PREMIS)

A page for the Committee will be added to the MODS Web site in the near

Sally H. McCallum, Chief, Network Development and 
MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540   USA
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