METS: The Basics

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Course Description

The Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (METS) is an XML schema that binds complex digital objects and their descriptive and administrative metadata together. Objects and metadata can reside within the METS object, either as XML or Base64 encoding, or, the METS object can link to the digital objects and their metadata. This workshop introduces the METS standard; discusses the role of METS profiles in defining specific applications of METS; and outlines the sections of a METS object, presenting alternative methods for storing or linking to digital objects and their metadata. For homework, students will build a METS object using supplied image files and XML metadata records.

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This workshop is for library and archival staff involved in digitization projects where a need exists to bind digital objects to descriptive and administrative metadata for the purposes of providing access or archiving.
Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the purpose of METS and its application as a means of providing access to and archiving digital resources
  • Recognize the role profiles play in defining specific applications of METS
  • Name the sections of a METS object
  • Identify the structures of METS sections
  • Describe the possible relationships between metadata and digital resources in a METS object
  • Build a simple METS object
Homework Expectations
  • Attend class sessions, participate in class discussions and complete the homework, i.e., build a valid METS object based on the provided instructions.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
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Emily Nimsakont -
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