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RE: [metadata] yet another vocabulary coming up?

From: Bill Kasdorf <bkasdorf@apexcovantage.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:43:52 +0000
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
CC: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
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Yes, MODS has been around a long time and is definitely relevant. So is another such general purpose and somewhat related scheme from the LOC, METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard), which is at http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/. I often refer to METS when talking to folks about metadata because it makes clear that metadata can encompass descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata--folks often think in terms of just one of those. In fact, you probably noticed that MODS is described as a potential extension schema to METS. My impression of MODS is that it is primarily bibliographic metadata, but perhaps somebody else on the IG can correct me if I'm wrong about that.

Thanks for sending this--both MODS and METS need to be part of the discussion, definitely.

--Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: Ivan Herman [mailto:ivan@w3.org] 
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 6:32 AM
To: Bill Kasdorf
Cc: W3C Digital Publishing IG
Subject: [metadata] yet another vocabulary coming up?

It may be old news for you, but it is new to me...

I have just ran across 

http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/
http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/modsrdf/
https://github.com/blunalucero/MODS-RDF/

We clearly do not have enough vocabularies to choose from:-)

Interestingly, 

http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-overview.html

says:

[[[
MODS is intended to complement other metadata formats. For some applications, particularly those that have used MARC records, there will be advantages over other metadata schemes. Some advantages are:

	* The element set is richer than Dublin Core
	* The element set is more compatible with library data than ONIX
	* The schema is more end user oriented than the full MARCXML schema
	* The element set is simpler than the full MARC format ]]]

which would make it highly relevant for this community, too; after all, both ONIX and Dublin Core are widely used by publishers...

We should pick up the discussion on whether we want to give some sort of an overview of existing vocabularies.

ivan

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