KBART 5.0: guidelines for effective exchange of metadata with knowledge bases

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Many content providers and knowledge base developers are already successfully
exchanging metadata, and this report is not intended to detract from or interfere with
such existing processes. However, it is evident that many others are unsure about how
best to exchange metadata. Therefore, we propose entry-level guidelines and
instructions to enable exchange of essential metadata.

Our recommendations are based on those methods and data fields that have proven to
be effective or valuable in our combined experience. In many cases there are acceptable
alternatives, but for clarity and simplicity we are distilling our experience into a single
recommendation, where possible. Our recommendations also exclude information that is
more appropriately classed as bibliographic data than holdings metadata, for example,
language, alternate titles, content type, or relationship to other titles. Since this data is
more static than holdings data and does not need to be exchanged on such a regular
basis, it is outside of the scope of the KBART recommendations.

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