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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a five day workshop
entitled METS: The Basics and Beyond to be held in partnership with Nancy J.
Hoebelheinrich and Rick Beaubien of the METS Editorial Board. This workshop
is aimed at people who work in digital and physical libraries and would like
to gain knowledge and skills for organizing the many and disparate component
parts of individual digital resources.

The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) is a data encoding
and transmission specification, expressed in XML, that provides a means for
conveying the structural, descriptive, and administrative metadata necessary
for both the management of digital objects within a repository and the
exchange of such objects between repositories or between repositories and
their users. This common digital object format was designed to facilitate
both the exchange of digital materials among institutions and vendors, and
the shared development of supporting tools.

Course Description

Although continuous, this hands-on workshop consists of three modules, any
of which may be taken independently:

* The first module (Monday) offers a thorough introduction to METS including
an overview of all of its high level features.
* The second module (Tuesday and Wednesday) delves deeply into the heart of
METS: the flexible mechanisms it provides for encoding, organizing and
representing digital content of various kinds and for different purposes.
* The third and final module (Thursday and Friday) explores strategies for
implementing METS in a production environment, and reviews existing tools
that can facilitate implementation.

The first module assumes some familiarity with XML, but no prior experience
with METS. The second module and third modules build on and deepen a basic
understanding of METS.

For more details on METS and the workshop modules, please see:

Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Metadata Specialist / Digital Library Consultant
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich is a digital library consultant specializing in
Metadata and Content Management. She has worked as metadata coordinator for
Stanford University Libraries / Academic Information Resources for 10 years,
focusing upon digitization, preservation and retrieval of cultural heritage
resources, government documents, geospatial, and teaching and learning
resources. Nancy has been active in a number of information and educational
technology specification efforts including that of PREMIS (for preservation
metadata), IMS Global specifications related to packaging, repository and
resource list interoperability, digital rights expression and management,
and the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee's RAMLET project. She
has been a member of the METS Editorial Board since 2002 and has served as
its administrative co-chair since 2005. In this capacity she co-authored the
METS Primer and Reference Manual.

Rick Beaubien, Software Engineer/Digital Library Consultant
Rick Beaubien has been involved in library automation at the University of
California, Berkeley since 1979. In 1997, he became a technical lead and
principal programmer in the U.C. Berkeley Library's standards based digital
library initiatives. In this capacity, he participated continuously in the
development of METS from its origins in the Making of America II project,
for which the U.C. Berkeley General Library was the lead institution. Rick
has been a member of the METS Editorial Board since its inception and
currently is the technical chair of the board. In his METS Board capacity,
he co-authored the METS Primer and Reference Manual, has participated in the
implementation of new digital library standards such as the VRA core and has
assisted other institutions such as the Yale University Library with their
implementations of METS.

More Information

For further details, including expanded module descriptions, instructor
bios, and information on lodging, please go to:

Event Details

Date: Monday, January 18 to Friday, January 22, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day
Location: Monday: ALA hotel TBD; Tuesday-Friday: 90 Mt. Auburn, Harvard
Fee: Please see

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