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We understand that many libraries and cultural heritage organizations have metadata in other formats and we are investigating the possibility of providing mapping support for transformations from MARC, EAD and possibly VRA formats to Aquifer style MODS. The Aquifer team is modeling workflows for ingesting new collections and would be glad to work with collection providers and their technical contacts to create flexible methods to add content with metadata in other formats. We strongly recommend that these formats be as rich or richer than MODS or MARC, in keeping with our efforts to provide as much detail as possible. Refer to the MODS Guidelines Levels of Adoption for information on what services can be enabled at each level. It also bears noting that a requirement of OAI-PMH is that data providers also make the oai dc (simple Dublin Core) format available.

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