New Orleans, LA-Innovative Interfaces, a leader in information technology for libraries, introduced MetaSource, a ground-breaking suite of tools that allows libraries to effectively manage their disparate digital collections, at ALA Midwinter 2002 in New Orleans.
"MetaSource provides libraries with the necessary tools to meet the modern challenge of digitizing, handling, and describing disparate collections," said Laurie Davidson, Product Manager at Innovative. "It includes tools for digital object storage, crawling external collections, and full support for metadata schemes such as Dublin Core."
MetaSource is made up of three components: Millennium Media Management, XML Harvester, and Metadata Builder. Millennium Media Management creates and stores media objects such as images, sound files, and audio files. It also includes a Copyright and Access component to handle the complex licensing and copyright issues of digital collections. The XML Harvester gathers XML records from any server; it then parses and creates records on the Innovative system. Metadata Builder stores XML in the metadata scheme of choice. Together, these tools create a comprehensive digital library management strategy.
Innovative’s President and CEO, Jerry Kline, noted, "We’re really excited about our newest offering. MetaSource employs XML technology and, in effect, opens up the Millennium system, making digital information easier to harvest, store, and organize. For 24 years, we have been applying leading-edge technologies for libraries. MetaSource is one more example of our commitment to libraries’ ever-evolving needs."