METS: The Basics

Course Description
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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.

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
Target Audience: 
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.
Prerequisites: 
Students should have experience and/or training in editing and validating XML documents.

Completion of any one of the following Amigos workshops, while not required, denotes sufficient experience to enroll in METS: the Basics:

  • XML: the Basics
  • Introduction to the Encoded Archival Description
  • TEI Lite: the Basics
Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • 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 Duration: 
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
Continuing Education Credit
Contact Hours: 
4
Fees
Amigos Member Early Bird Fee: 
$140.00
Amigos Member Fee: 
$165.00
Non-member Early Bird Fee: 
$175.00
Non-member Fee: 
$200.00
Scheduled Dates