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dinsdag 20 december 2011

DLM Forum’s triennial conference 2011: Interoperability - EAD and METS: a coherent set of metadata for digital data preservation


EAD and METS: a coherent set of metadata for digital data preservation
Lardinois Yves, Analyst, Archives Générales du Royaume (Belgium)



The session of Lardinois Yves was rather disappointing to me since it did not touch on something new or exciting. It was however a good introduction on both the EAD and METS standard.

He explained why metadata should be applied when dealing with digital records and that in his opinion there is no prevailing practical metadata standard that covers both  technical and archival needs.

By using EAD and METS as complementary sets a full metadata format is available. EAD providing metadata for archival management of structure, relations and description and METS providing for the necessary technical metadata.

With this combination one could tackle the three dimensions of interoperability:

  • temporal: interpretation of information over time for instance by using standardized description methods
  • software: reuse of data between applications
  • data: reuse of content by for instance using unique identifiers


More information on the mentioned sets of metadata for digital data preservation:



And of course our very own set (not a standard): MeDuSa (NL)

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