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June 15, 2007

Institutions interested in creating MODS records

I was wondering how many institutions have shown interest in creating MODS records. We currently have 7: Digital Colls at UM, OCLC, Indiana, LoC, U of Chicago, Deep Blue at UM and Celebration of Women Writers at UPenn. Who has heard of others who are waiting on the finalization of the Aquifer MODS profile to create MODS records?

Can we encourage folks to create MODS records even if they are not perfectly conforming to the profile? I would imagine that the big hurdle is finding (or creating) the appropriate mapping and finding time to make sure the mapping is appropriate for a collection. Once the metadata is created, fitting into the profile at a level of conformance would seem a smaller hurdle. I know that's the case at UM.

Interested in your thoughts.

Posted by khage at June 15, 2007 02:35 PM


From Chick: I am for a low bar and quality metrics that determine data exposure for our users. I still think we should get them in the fold and the give them incentives to improve quality over time.

Posted by: khage at June 15, 2007 02:37 PM

From Katherine: I hope we can actively engage DLF member libraries in providing MODS records. The "levels of adoption" the metadata working group is drafting and the mappings they are working on will help. What I hope we will develop in the coming months is a workflow to contact potential collection contributors, help them with their data provider setup or set up static repositories if needed, help with mapping, etc. So far, we've relied on people contacting us, but now that we have some additional dedicated resources on the project, we should soon be able to reach out.

Posted by: khage at June 15, 2007 02:37 PM

From Leslie: UVA has been waiting for the Aquifer MODS profile to shake out before we make anything available. I'm thinking that we could start moving in that direction, but I cannot say when.

Posted by: khage at June 15, 2007 02:38 PM

From Jody: The University of Tennessee Libraries is already developing MODS records, to meet Melanie Feltner-Reichert's profile (adapted from the DLF profile). Kat just put the first 852 into the DLF MODS portal. We have more to come....

Some may be waiting on a MODS OAI repository software that meets the specs. But of course, no one wants to write that software, as it's a moving target. The alternative is a static repository, but that's only a temporary solution, if more records are to come.

Also, creating the MODS is time consuming. If we want people to start creating it and putting it out there, we need to finalize the specs.

Just my 2 cents!


Posted by: khage at June 15, 2007 02:39 PM

From Tom: As part of our work with METS related to our NDIIPP grant we have developed a basic Aquifer MODS validator. You feed it a MODS document and it tells you whether it conforms to the Aquifer profile or not, and if not, why not.

Right now this is pretty tightly integrated with our METS API, but if people thought this would be useful, I could extract it and turn it into a simple web service.

It could be my first 'official' contribution as the projects 1/2-time programmer :-)

Posted by: khage at June 15, 2007 02:39 PM

From Jody: Tom, I think that'd be great! I'm wondering if I can run it by script and feed it a few hundred at a time, outputting the errors with filename for each.

Thank you!

Also, I'd like to add that another big problem for most is a user-friendly way to create the MODS records. The batch we just submitted are ones that I mucked together and created with scripts from totally non-MODS metadata.

However, my coworker, Cricket Deane, has written an HTML/javascript GUI that can run off mySQL (but need not) -- which spits out the MODS xml when the user is finished filling in all the blanks. It's conformant to Melanie's profile again, but can be changed to meet other needs. We're waiting for our legal department to say "go", then will release it for non-profit use.

This is the tool that is enabling us to move into production (a state-wide digitization project, Volunteer Voices) with MODS, coupled with the changes I've made to DLXS here.

Hopefully, it will be of use to others....

Posted by: khage at June 15, 2007 02:40 PM

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