Notes on Draft METS Profile for Historical Newspapers

Morgan Cundiff
Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress


Notes:

The Profile is to be used to represent a single issue of a given historical newspaper.

The Profile maintains a strict separation between physical entities and logical entities.

There are only three physical entities. They are: issue, page, and pageRegion.

The physical entities are represented in the structMap section of the METS document as div types (div type="news:page"). There is only one structMap.

Logical structure is represented using MODS in the METS dmdSec. It is necessary to use the latest version of MODS (http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/v3/mods-3-2b.xsd). Note that this version is still in test and is not the current official version.

The primary logical entities are issue, issue section, article, article section, and illustration. The top-level MODS record describes the issue. The other primary logical entities (issueSection, article, articleSection, and illustration) are described in a heirarchy of MODS relatedItem elements.

The primary logical entities are expressed as values of the MODS genre element.

The allowable genre values (for Profile compliance) are listed in Newspaper Genre Terms.

It is also possible to tag subparts of the primary logical entities. The typical example of this is tagging the paragraph.


Documents:

Draft profile (HTML version for easy reading)

Draft profile (XML version)


CCS Sample Document 1

Example of newspaper with article spanning three pages.

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


CCS Sample Document 2a

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


CCS Sample Document 2b

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


CCS Sample Document 2c

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


CCS Sample Document 3

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


CCS Sample Document 4

Example of issue with several overlapping structures.

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


CCS Sample Document 5

Example of an article with sections.

PDF (images of issue)

CCS METS

LC METS (draft)


Newspaper Genre Terms

Newspaper Document Model


last update: May 12, 2006