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Levels of Adoption

The Digital Library Federation / Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records provide guidance on the use of MODS for metadata intended to be contributed to the DLF Aquifer initiative. The Guidelines, however, are a record-centric view of Aquifer's goals, whereas it is often helpful to set priorities for metadata creation with a user- and use-centric view. This document, the Digital Library Federation Aquifer MODS Guidelines Levels of Adoption, describes five general categories of user functionality that are likely to be supported by following specific recommendations from the Guidelines. It attempts to provide additional guidance to MODS implementers in the planning process by documenting what sorts of functionality is possible when certain elements of the Guidelines are followed.