Hi Jenn,
This is most helpful, particularly the phrase "MODS was intended to be useful outside of the library community," as my work involves analyses data of the sort one finds in library catalogs and bibloographic databases such as PubMed.  If, say, PsycINFO started exporting their data in the MODS format, then I would have something to be concerned about.
Jeffrey B. Jackson, MLIS
Content File Specialist
Thomson Reuters
San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A
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Hi Jeff,

One place to start looking is the MODS Implementation Registry <>. Certainly not all MODS implementations are listed there, and some entries are out of date, but you can get a general sense there. The University of Illinois runs a registry of OAI-PMH data providers with a series of very interesting reports on various features of those repositories. The one on "distinct metadata formats" <> shows some repositories sharing MODS via OAI-PMH.

As far as where you'll find it, although MODS was intended to be useful outside of the library community, that's where its main take-up is to date. I'm sure we'd all love to find a way to broaden its appeal to other communities, however.


Jenn Riley
Metadata Librarian
Digital Library Program
Indiana University - Bloomington
Wells Library W501
(812) 856-5759

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Jeff Jackson
> Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:36 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [MODS] MODS Data
> Dear Colleagues,
> After reviewing the MODS Schema, I am confused about one thing...who is
> using this schema and when would I encounter it?  I work with data from
> all
> sorts of bibliographic databases and have yet to encounter any "MODS"
> data.  Please advise.
> Kind regards,
> Jeff Jackson