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Cedars Guide to Preservation Metadata (Curl Exemplars in Digital ARchives)
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/cedars/guideto/metadata/
The Cedars Guide to Preservation Metadata gives a broad overview of the functional and information models defined in the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) and describes the main elements of the Cedars outline preservation metadata specification. It includes a brief look at related metadata initiatives, make some recommendations for future work and comment on cost issues.

Metadata Reference Guide (Metadata Advisory Group of the MIT Libraries)
http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/metadata/standards.html
Guide to selected metadata standards, including Dublin Core, EAD, METS.

Metadata Resources Guide (Government of Alberta, Canada)
http://www.im.gov.ab.ca/publications/pdf/MetadataResGuide.pdf
This Guide was developed to assist in the development of metadata standards for the Government of Alberta. The Guide covers major metadata resources and is organized by subject, including an introduction to metadata, overview of international initiatives, background information, current awareness resources, standards, major metadata schemas and listservs.

PREMIS (PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) Working Group (OCLC/RLG)
http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/pmwg/
The PREMIS working group, jointly sponsored by OCLC and RLG, was composed of international experts from institutions that had developed or were currently developing digital preservation capacity. The objectives of PREMIS are to develop a core preservation metadata set, supported by a data dictionary, with broad applicability across the digital preservation community and to identify and evaluate alternative strategies for encoding, storing, and managing preservation metadata in digital preservation systems.

Preservation Metadata (Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI))
http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/topics/32.html
An overview of the topic of preservation metadata and includes links to key articles and whitepapers.

Standards at the Library of Congress (Library of Congress)
http://www.loc.gov/standards/
Links to key resource description formats (eg MARC, MODS, EAD), digital library standards (eg METS, MIX, PREMIS), and information resource retrieval protocols (eg Z39.50).