VRA Core 4.0 Beta now available for testing and feedback

The VRA Data Standards Committee (DSC) is happy to announce that the
VRA Core 4.0 Beta Draft documents and XML schema are now available for
review.  You can access these documents from the DSC home page at  or more
directly at

There you will find the following Core 4.0 related documents: 
Introduction, Element Outline, Element Description, and the VRA Core
XML Schema and Examples page.  This last page, beautifully designed by
our schema author Esme
Cowles, has links to two XML schemas (one lax and one strict) and a
number of examples submitted by DSC members.  Each example has 2 data
"views," created by xslt stylesheets to illustrate how the XML data
may be formatted for different kinds of display, in addition to a raw
XML data view.  At the bottom of this page are links to an XML
some XML information sites, and the stylesheets and java source code
used to format the examples.

We are currently looking for brave beta testers to put the XML schema
through its paces by testing it against real-world data and
applications.  An Online Discussion Forum has been set up where anyone
can post, read, and/or reply to comments, questions, and suggestions. 
It is accessible from  You do not
need to be a VRA member to read, post, or reply to this forum.  Just
click on the Online Discussion Forum link, pull down the Community
menu (top left), choose Bulletin Board, then click on the VRA Core 4.0
Beta link.  If you are not a VRA member, please be sure to include
your name and institutional affiliation along with your post so we
know who's talking!  The success of the XML schema depends on testing
its limits in a variety of settings and with different kinds of
collection data.  All of these documents represent working drafts that
may change at any time, based on input received via the Discussion
Forum so don't be shy about making yourself heard.  Your suggestions
and  findings will help shape this into a truly useful tool.  Please
try to  send your comments and/or test results to the Online
Discussion Forum by January 31, 2006

Jan Eklund
Chair, VRA Data Standards Committee
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