METS as an 'Intermediary' Schema for a Digital Library of Complex Scientific Multimedia

  • Richard Gartner King's College London


The use of the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) schema as a mechanism for delivering a digital library of complex scientific multimedia is examined as an alternative to the Fedora Content Model (FCM). Using METS as an 'intermediary' schema, where it functions as a template which is populated with content metadata on-the-fly using an XSLT transformation, it is possible to replicate the flexibility of structure and granularity of FCM while avoiding its complexity and often substantial demands on developers.

Author Biography

Richard Gartner, King's College London

Richard Gartner is a lecturer in library and information science who has specialised in the field of electronic information provision for over 20 years. From 1991-2007 he was New Media Librarian for Oxford University Libraries, where he was responsible for the introduction of the Internet into the Bodleian Library, the Library's first CD-ROM network and its first digital imaging projects. In recent years, he has specialised in metadata for digital libraries, in which capacity he is a member of the editorial board for the METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) standard for digital library metadata.


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How to Cite
Gartner, R. (2012). METS as an ’Intermediary’ Schema for a Digital Library of Complex Scientific Multimedia. Information Technology and Libraries, 31(3), 24-35.