Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)

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Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)


METS Version 1.9.1

The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) is a data encoding and transmission specification, expressed in XML, that provides the means to convey the metadata necessary for both the management of digital objects within a repository and the exchange of such objects between repositories (or between repositories and their users). (From "(METS) Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard: Primer and Reference Manual," 2010)

Developed by the Digital Library Federation, but maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress

METS 1.1 Alpha Draft was completed in April 2001

Current version revised in March 2012

Links to the software tools implementing METS: Archivists' Toolkit (collections management software), Curator's Workbench (repository ingest preparation tool), JHOVE (file characterization tool), JHOVE 2 (file characterization tool)

METS has gained widespread recognition as a standard for use in institutional repositories: Kansas is implementing METS as file packaging ; schema in its Kansas Enterprise Electronic Preservation (KEEP) System.; (others are out there, just need to fill in more...)

Archivists' Toolkit (collections management software), Curator's Workbench (repository ingest preparation tool), JHOVE (file characterization tool), and JHOVE 2 (file characterization tool)

October 20, 2015

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