METS summary

  • METS is not all things to all people…

    • Designed for local institutional application support
      • Solving an immediate local problem
      • Common to many institutions
      • Flexible framework supports many institutional situations
    • Profiling necessary to interoperate
      • For OAIS packages
      • For shared tools
      • For other kinds of interoperation (e.g. cross repository search)


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