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“METS and the CIDOC CRM—A Comparison”

METS Schema subset

Subset of a METS schema from an Appendix in this publication

About This Publication

Author Martin Doerr, Head of the Centre for Cultural Informatics of the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
Publication Date February 2011
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This technical white paper compares the functional roles of the two standards for metadata encoding and the management of interoperability and information integration in heterogeneous, distributed digital library environments. These standards are: CIDOC CRM (the Conceptual Reference Model of the International Committee for Documentation of the International Council of Museums); and METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard). The paper investigates the ways in which both standards can be optimally used in combination. The report calls upon managers and practitioners to support decisions about the deployment of these standards and to serve as guides for the effective use of both standards. The paper was commissioned and financed by Cultural Heritage Imaging with majority funding from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) National Leadership Grant Program (Award Number LG-25-06-0107-06). Additional funding was provided by charitable contributions to Cultural Heritage Imaging.