Report on the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Metadata Specifications

U.S. Government Printing Office, Jun 29, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting report (if you like this sort of thing) on a collection of metadata experts from major American libraries discussing digital archives preservation. The report contains a useful list of the different metadata formats adopted by various institutes (Dublin Core and Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) were the most popular). The consensus seemed to be that the metadata should be attached to the digital object and a METS-like wrapper used to allow for a variety of schemas. Not sure why they didn't support a separate metadata repository, which would be a lot easier for searchers (this wasn't really covered in the summary). Interesting list of the 11 high-level elements that were suggested as required elements for any resource. Via CIOB news, June 29, 2005 via Government of Canada.
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