organization responsible for monitoring and adapting the METS schema, and thus
ability to solve the problems for which it was created, the
METS Editorial Board (MEB) has begun the
process of reimagining METS. As part
of that process, this White Paper has been drafted by MEB members
designed to provide a common level of understanding about METS. The White Paper
contextual issues that might or might not suggest a rethinking
of the goals for and functions of a metadata
scheme like METS. The White Paper will be the basis
of a discussions in several venues, the first
being the Fall Forum of the Council on Library Information Resources
Digital Library Federation in early November of this year. The MEB is
particularly interested in exploring the
METS community’s perception that a continued need for a METS-like metadata
exists given the changing metadata and digital library / archive
/ repository landscape, and if so, how METS might
change in a version 2.0.
As mentioned, there
is a session planned to discuss the White Paper at the CLIR / DLR Fall Forum (http://www.clir.org/dlf/forums/fall2010/index.html)
on Tuesday, November 2nd, from 4 - 5:30 pm PDT at the DLF Meeting site in Palo
Alto, California. While registration for that event is now closed,
discussions by anyone interested including METS Board members will also occur on
Wednesday afternoon at the open Board meeting, from 1:30 - 5 pm, PDT. An
agenda for the open Board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday can be found on the
METS wiki at: https://www.socialtext.net/mim-2006/index.cgi?agenda_3_4_november_2010_dlf_fall_forum.
If you are interested in attending this meeting in person, please contact any of
the Board members (see the METS website at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/mets-board.html).
We would like to make the meeting available via web conferencing as well, if
possible, so please let a Board member know if you are interested in
participation in the meeting by that means.
discussion of the issues expressed or raised by the White Paper could certainly
happen on the METS list, or with individual Board members. The MEB would
welcome comments and feedback.
Admin Co-chair METS
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich
San Mateo, CA 94401-2429
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