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Subject: MADS: XML schema for authorities (fwd)


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Date: Friday, June 04, 2004 1:24 PM -0700
From: "Rebecca S. Guenther" <rgue@loc.gov>
To: Multiple recipients of list <xml4lib@sunsite.berkeley.edu>
Subject: [XML4LIB] MADS: XML schema for authorities

In response to numerous requests, the Library of Congress' Network
Development and MARC Standards Office has drafted an XML schema for
an authority element set that may be used to provide metadata about
agents (people, organizations), events, and terms (topics,
geographics, genres, etc.).  This Metadata Authority Description
Schema (MADS) was created to serve as a companion to the Metadata
Object Description Schema (MODS).   As such, MADS has a
relationship to the MARC 21 Authority format, as MODS has to MARC
21 Bibliographic-- both carry selected data from MARC 21. There is
a high level of compatibility between the MADS and MODS schemas.
MADS is expressed using the XML schema language of the World Wide
Web Consortium.  Note that once the schema is finalized, a few
changes may be made to MODS for consistency. An example is that
MADS uses the term "event" instead of "conference".

The MADS draft schema is now available for broad review to inform
its completion. Based on input from prospective users, the schema
will be revised and made available for experimentation. The review
period will be between June 4 and July 16, 2004.

The Web site is at:
Included is the XML schema itself, a document describing the
purpose of MADS and details about definitions of the most important
elements, and an outline of elements and attributes. A mapping to
the MARC 21 Authority Format will be available shortly.

We look forward to comments from prospective users about this new
schema. At this time, we will use the MODS list for discussion or
comments may be send directly to me (rgue@loc.gov) and/or Ray
Denenberg (rden@loc.gov). If you wish to subscribe to the MODS list
go to: http://listserv.loc.gov/listarch/mods.html

^^  Rebecca S. Guenther                                   ^^
^^  Senior Networking and Standards Specialist            ^^
^^  Network Development and MARC Standards Office         ^^
^^  1st and Independence Ave. SE                          ^^
^^  Library of Congress                                   ^^
^^  Washington, DC 20540-4402                             ^^
^^  (202) 707-5092 (voice)    (202) 707-0115 (FAX)        ^^
^^  rgue@loc.gov                                          ^^
^^                                                        ^^

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Stringer-Hye, Suellen
Vanderbilt University
Email: suellen.stringer-hye@Vanderbilt.Edu

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