METS

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Date added 19 February 2007
Last edited 12 November 2009

Full Title

Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard

Description

The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) is an XML (Extensible Mark-up Language) schema for encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata needed to manage and exchange digital library objects. It is able to describe the complex links between objects and their metadata while associating behaviours or services to a digital object.

A METS document can be structured to be compliant with the Submission Information Package (SIP), Archival Information Package (AIP), or Dissemination Information Package (DIP) requirements of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model.

Standards Developing Organisations

Network Development and MARC Standards Office
DLF

Rights

No information available.

Lifecycle Actions

Access, Use and Reuse
Create or Receive
Curate and Preserve
Ingest
Store

Standard Frameworks

Digital Archive Standards
Digital Repository Standards

Standard Type

Metadata Packaging Standards

Current Version

April 2009 - METS, version 1.8 [external]
Schema documentation for METS, version 1.8

Further Information

METS Primer [external PDF]

Alternative Current Versions

None.

Previous Versions

June 2001 - METS, version 1.1 [external]
Superceded
December 2002 - METS, version 1.2 [external]
Superceded
May 2003 - METS, version 1.3 [external]
Superceded
May 2004 - METS, version 1.4 [external]
Superceded
April 2005 - METS, version 1.5 [external]
Superceded
October 2006 - METS, version 1.6 [external]
Superceded

Referenced Standards

ANSI/NISO Z39.85, The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
MARC 21