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METS Java Toolkit / The METS Framework
Draft Version 1.0 (alpha) 2002/03/15

METS is intended to provide a standardized XML encoding for transmission of complex digital library objects between systems. While it provides standard containers and encoding mechanisms for descriptive and administrative metadata, it does not define the content or format of that metadata. However, the content and format of structural metadata is explicitly mandated within the METS specification.

METS incorporates by reference a subset of the XML XLink schema for defining simple relationships between METS files and external entities.

The METS schema is expressed using the W3C XML Schema definition language. The standard is maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress, and is being developed as an initiative of the Digital Library Federation.


Stephen Abrams
Harvard University Library, Office for Information Systems
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Cambridge, MA 02138
stephen_abrams@harvard.edu
Copyright © 2002 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
This information about the METS Java Toolkit is provided for evaluation purposes only.

The METS specification was developed as an initiative of the Digital Library Federation and is maintained by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress.
The toolkit is compliant with the JAXB API specification, copyright © 2001 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
The toolkit uses the XP parser, copyright © 1997,1998 James Clark.