PREMIS (Preservation Metadata, Data Dictionary Maintenance Activity)
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Using PREMIS with METS


The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) allows for the use of externally developed metadata schemesto be used in its two defined metadata sections, <dmdSec> and <amdSec>. METS itself is agnostic concerning the descriptive or administrative metadata schemes that its implementers choose to use, although some community based standards are recognized by the METS board. PREMIS has been registered as a recognized metadata scheme to be used as administrative metadata with METS. The PREMIS schemas were designed to be implementation neutral, and, because of the flexibility of METS, some decisions need to be made about how to use PREMIS with METS. Issues include which METS sections to use for which of the four PREMIS schemas, how many of those sections to use, whether to use the PREMIS container schema, how to incorporate format specific metadata with PREMIS, and how to deal with redundancies between METS structures and PREMIS elements. A working draft providing guidance has been developed as a joint effort between the METS and PREMIS communities. Guidelines for using PREMIS with METS [PDF:25K] is available for experimentation and comments are welcome.

An example of using PREMIS (version 2.0) within METS is available at:

METS Profiles that specify use of PREMIS

METS Profiles are intended to describe a class of METS documents in sufficient detail to provide both document authors and programmers the guidance they require to create and process METS documents conforming with a particular profile. The following METS profiles specify the use of at least one of the PREMIS schemas. Most have been approved by the METS Editorial Board and registered with the Library of Congress.

ECHO Dep Generic METS Profile for Preservation and Digital Repository Interoperability (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Grainger Engineering Library)
ECHO Dep METS Profile for Web Site Captures (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Grainger Engineering Library)

Library of Congress METS Profile for Recorded Events

University of California Berkeley Libraries - General METS Profile Version 1

UCSD Complex Object Profile (University of California, San Diego Libraries)

DSpace METS Document Profile for SIPs [PDF: 1711K]
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National Library of Australia - Australian METS Profile 1.0

National Library of Australia - Australian METS Journal Profile 1.0