Quoting e-mail Jennifer Bowen sent around:
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project at the University of Rochester announces the release of a major white paper describing the project’s approach to metadata. The paper describes how the development of an XML schema for XC and the creation of a platform for enriching and transforming metadata (the XC Metadata Services Toolkit) benefit not only future users of the XC software, but also the broader library community.
“Supporting the eXtensible Catalog through Metadata Design and Services”
by Jennifer Bowen (Co-Principal Investigator, XC Project) is now
available at the project’s website at
The XC Schema is designed to enable the reuse of MARC catalog data alongside metadata from other metadata schemas within a variety of web environments. The schema’s FRBRized structure and inclusion of some RDA elements will provide libraries with an opportunity to work with metadata records that bear a strong resemblance to records that will eventually be created using RDA.
The XC Metadata Services Toolkit can be used to enrich, transform, manage and provide basic authority control for batches of metadata records in any XML schema, including MARCXML. It can provide a useful platform for testing new metadata standards and schemas and an invaluable learning environment for libraries as they become accustomed to new metadata standards such as RDA.
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) is a collaborative project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by XC Partner institutions. The XC Software will be released later in 2009 under an open source license. More information about the XC Project is available at www.extensiblecatalog.org
eXtensible Catalog Project
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York