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Dear MODS and MADS implementers,

The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee has released a draft the MADS 2.0 XML
Schema for community review and testing. Your comments are invited on the
draft schema, posted at
<http://www.loc.gov/standards/mads/mads-2-0-draft.xsd> by Friday, April 8,
2011. Submit your comments by posting to the MODS listserv.

A full list of changes may be found online at
<http://www.loc.gov/standards/mads/changes-2-0.html>. These changes are of
three basic types:

1) Making parallel changes to MADS that were implemented in MODS 3.2.
2) Supporting some features of RDA
3) Structural changes related to namespace polices, and implementing some
new features for better multilingual support and expanded functionality.

Some changes were not backwards-compatible, and therefore this new version
of MADS will be a major release (2.0) rather than a new incremental
release. 

Note that MADS 2.0 does not yet full support all of the RDA data elements
related to entities that are traditionally represented by authority
records. Further work in this area is planned for a later release.

We look forward to hearing your comments, and the results of your testing
of the draft MADS 2.0 Schema.

Jenn Riley
Chair, MODS/MADS Editorial Committee

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Jenn Riley
Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://cdla.unc.edu/
http://www.lib.unc.edu/users/jlriley

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