ARL Workshop on METS

ARL has just announced a new workshop on METS, called METS Beyond the Basics. You can see the Library of Congress’ website to get more information on this transmission standard typically used in Digital Libraries at:

Here is the information on the workshop:

January 18–22, 2010
Boston, Massachusetts
ALA Hotel TBD and 90 Mt. Auburn, Harvard University

Register here

The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) is a data encoding and transmission specification, expressed in XML, that provides a means for conveying the structural, descriptive, and administrative metadata necessary for both the management of digital objects within a repository and the exchange of such objects between repositories (or between repositories and their users). This common digital object format was designed to facilitate both the exchange of digital materials among institutions and vendors, and the shared development of supporting tools. METS is currently used by libraries and cultural heritage institutions worldwide including the Library of Congress, the British Library, the German National Library, the Ministry of Culture Spain, the National Diet Library Japan, the National Library of Finland, the National Library of Portugal, the National Library of Wales and numerous research libraries across the globe.

Although continuous, this hands-on workshop consists of three modules, any of which may be taken independently.

* Module 1: An Overview of METS – offers a thorough introduction to METS including an overview of all of its high level features. (Duration: one day).
* Module 2: Strategies for encoding various content types – delves deeply into the heart of METS: the flexible mechanisms it provides for encoding, organizing and representing digital content of various kinds and for different purposes. (Duration: two days).
* Module 3: Strategies for implementing METS in a production environment – explores strategies for implementing METS in a production environment, and reviews existing tools that can facilitate implementation. (Duration: two days).

For further details on the modules including outcome goals, intended audience, and hardware and software suggestions, please see this PDF document.
Academy Instructors
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich

Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Metadata Specialist / Digital Library Consultant. Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich is a digital library consultant specializing in Metadata and Content Management. She has worked as metadata coordinator for Stanford University Libraries / Academic Information Resources for 10 years, focusing upon digitization, preservation and retrieval of cultural heritage resources, government documents, geospatial, and teaching and learning resources. Nancy has been active in a number of information and educational technology specification efforts including that of PREMIS (for preservation metadata), IMS Global specifications related to packaging, repository and resource list interoperability, digital rights expression and management, and the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee’s RAMLET project. She has been a member of the METS Editorial Board since 2002 and has served as its administrative co-chair since 2005. In this capacity she co-authored the METS Primer and Reference Manual.
Rick Beaubien

Rick Beaubien, Software Engineer/Digital Library Consultant. Rick Beaubien has been involved in library automation at the University of California, Berkeley since 1979. In 1997, he became a technical lead and principal programmer in the U.C. Berkeley Library’s standards based digital library initiatives. In this capacity, he participated continuously in the development of METS from its origins in the Making of America II project, for which the U.C. Berkeley General Library was the lead institution. Rick has been a member of the METS Editorial Board since its inception and currently is the technical chair of the board. In his METS Board capacity, he co-authored the METS Primer and Reference Manual, has participated in the implementation of new digital library standards such as the VRA core and has assisted other institutions such as the Yale University Library with their implementations of METS.
Who Should Attend

The first module assumes some familiarity with XML, but no prior experience with METS. The second module and third modules build on and deepen a basic understanding of METS.

On Monday, January 18, 2010, Module 1 will be held at an ALA hotel to be determined. Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 19-22, Modules 2 & 3 will be held at 90 Mt. Auburn, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.

The participation fee depends on how many of the modules you wish to attend. There are six different options: you may register for any one of the three modules or any one of three combinations of the modules. Please choose only one:

* Option A: Module 1- $300 (January 18th) “An Overview of METS” – Location: ALA hotel
* Option B: Module 2 – $600 (January 19-20th) “Strategies for encoding various content types” – Location: 90 Mt. Auburn, Harvard University, Room 021
* Option C: Module 3 – $600 (January 21-2nd) “Strategies for implementing METS in a production environment” – Location: 90 Mt. Auburn, Harvard University, Room 007 (Thursday) & Room 021 (Friday)
* Option D: Module 1 & 2 – $750
* Option E: Module 2 & 3 – $1,050
* Option F: All Modules – $1,275

Beverages, coffee, and snacks provided for morning and afternoon breaks. Lunches will be on your own.
More Information

For further details, including expanded module descriptions, instructor bios, and information on lodging, please see this PDF document.

Click here to register
Contact Information

David Green
Library Relations Coordinator
Association of Research Libraries
Statistics and Assessment Program
21 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-1543
202-296-2296 x136

Cancellation Policy
ARL reserves the right to cancel any event up to (and including) December 18, 2009. An e-mail announcement will be sent to registrants in the event of a cancellation. Registrants will receive a full refund.

Participant Cancellations
Written requests for cancellation will be honored until (and including) December 18, 2009, with a $150 cancellation fee. After that date, no refund will be given. Registration and payment may be transferred to another individual at your institution. If you wish to cancel or transfer, please send an e-mail with your request to Yolanda Glass at

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