ADDML

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ADDML

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NB! Under construction!

ADDML (Archival Data Description Markup Language) is a format for describing technical structures in a dataset. The format was developed by the National Archives of Norway in the late 1990s. Todays normally used versions are ADDML 8.2 or ADDML 8.3. The format are today in use in Norway and Sweden. It is open for everyone interested to take part in the further developement of the format and it is free of use.

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The format is describing datasets, hence the element "dataset" is the top level. It is open to describe many datasets within one description. Next level is consisting of three elements that forms a section each. The element "reference" is used to describe metadata about the dataset, both contextual and content types of metadata. The element "flatFiles" is used to describe a flat file structure of the form - File / Record / Field. The element "dataObjects" is used to describe other structures. This element is not described in detail, but has a structure that is generic and gives the user the possibility to design a structure of need. The top structure would be as shown in figure 1.

Under the element "reference" there is two defined elements - the element "context" and the element "content". Under the both of them there is defined the element "additionalElements", with the element "additionalElement" as sublevel. There can be many additionalElement under additionalElements, and it is possible to define an additionalElements under additionalElement. This way it is possible to create a hierarchical structure for each ones need.