[OAI-implementers] encapsulated metadata and content

Phil Barker philb@icbl.hw.ac.uk
Fri, 16 May 2003 17:11:51 +0100

Naomi Dushay wrote:
> There is an XML metadata format that strive to be a wrapper for complex
> digital objects that may contain content as well as metadata:
> METS - Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard  
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/

There is another, the IMS Content Packaging Specification,


" The IMS Content Packaging Specification provides the functionality to 
describe and package learning materials, such as an individual course or a 
collection of courses, into interoperable, distributable packages. Content 
Packaging addresses the description, structure, and location of online 
learning materials and the definition of some particular content types."
[Note that more or less anything can be a learning material]

Which has a sister specification for how repositories should interoperate: 
the IMS Digital Repositories Specification,
"...purpose is to provide recommendations for the interoperation of the 
most common repository functions..."

Again, this isn't OAI...though OAI gets a mention in the repository spec.


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