ARL sponsored METS training scheduled

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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

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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 University
Fee: Please see

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