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The Digital Library Federation’s Aquifer 
Initiative is pleased to invite public review and 
comment on the DLF MODS Implementation Guidelines 
for Cultural Heritage Materials.

The primary goal of the Digital Library 
Federation’s Aquifer Initiative is to enable 
distributed content to be used effectively by 
libraries and scholars for teaching, learning, 
and research. The provision of rich, shareable 
metadata for this distributed content is an 
important step towards this goal. To this end, 
the Metadata Working Group of the DLF Aquifer 
Initiative has developed a set of implementation 
guidelines for the Metadata Object Description 
Schema (MODS). These guidelines are meant 
specifically for metadata records that are to be 
shared (whether by the Open Archives Initiative 
Protocol for Metadata Harvesting or other means) 
and that describe digital cultural heritage and humanities-based resources.

In order to ensure the Implementation Guidelines 
are useful and coherent, we are collecting 
comments and feedback from the wider digital 
library community. We appreciate any and all 
comments, feedback, and questions. These may be 
sent to 
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The deadline for comments and review is January 20, 2006.

Thank you!
The DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group

Sarah Shreeves (Chair) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Chapman – University of Minnesota
Bill Landis – California Digital Library
Liz Milewicz – Emory University
David Reynolds – Johns Hopkins University
Jenn Riley – Indiana University
Gary Shawver – New York University

Sarah L. Shreeves
Coordinator, Illinois Digital Environment for 
Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS)
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-244-3877 or 217-244-7809
Email: [log in to unmask]