OPS8838 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - METADATA TRANSFORMATION SERVICES
As The British Library collection transitions from print to digital, the multiplicity of metadata formats received from publishers has become a limiting factor – we currently acquire metadata (associated with electronic content), some of which can be in accordance with an industry standard schema or Document Type Definition (i.e. NLM versions 2.2, 2.3 & 3.0), but can also be based on a schema variation or indeed an entirely bespoke format.
To enable such publisher-supplied material (content and metadata) to be ingested into the BL’s Digital Library System (DLS) infrastructure, this heterogeneous metadata must be transformed into the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS).
Although the BL has already generated a number of metadata transforms, we are seeking interest from external suppliers for the provision of metadata transformations, in order to create a more scalable solution. Whilst we have targeted an initial 40 publishers (for which approximately 20 transforms have been needed), it is envisaged that metadata from 250+ publishers will ultimately require transformation and normalisation into a single, standard MODS format.
We are keen to receive information from potential supplier in respect of how such a service could be designed, developed and implemented. The following options may be used as the basis for your response to this request for information:
1. The production and supply of individual transforms;
2. The provision of a complete end-to-end transformation service for the BL;
3. The provision of a ‘metadata transformation toolkit’, to provide the BL with the capability to effectively and economically generate transforms based on specific schemas.
Potential suppliers should assume that a specification of the input and output Document Type Definition, together with publisher test data, will be provided.