4 Representation Information

Earlier drafts of the metadata framework document have attempted to represent the distinction made by OAIS between structural and syntactic information within the RI.They have also distinguished between different kinds of software agents according to their function in the representation context.

This draft proposes a high-level approach, in which the question of which metadata elements are strictly required for representation information is effectively deferred. Since we know that whatever representation mechanisms are to be developed within the CEDARS project will rely on basic JAVA property lists for their input, we simply model those lists directly in our XML structure, for the moment.

<!-- *  *-->
<ELEMENT propertyList        (pv+)            >
<ELEMENT pv                  (property,value)+>
<ELEMENT property            (#PCDATA)        >
<ELEMENT value               (#PCDATA)        >

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