SobekCM Technical Aspects
SobekCM METS Editor
      Download and Install
      Concepts and Preparation
      Using the METS Editor
            Creating a new METS
            Editing an existing METS
            Creating structure map
            Saving in different formats
      Batch Processes
            Spreadsheet or CSV File
            Marc21 Data File
            OAI-PMH Harvesting
            Directory/Metadata Update
      Image Derivative Creation
      Preferences and Settings
            First Launch Configuration
            Changing your preferences
            Release History

Creating a New Metadata File


The METS Editor can be used to create a new METS file, either from scratch or from an existing record. You can choose which template to use, define defaults, and set a profile to control the metadata output.

You can also use the batch processes to create many METS files at once from a variety of source files and directories.

Process Instructions

Step 1: Initiate the process of creating a new METS file

From the main screen, select the first option ( Create new METS file ). You may alternatively select: ActionNewMETS File from the top menu to begin this process.

Figure 1: SobekCM METS Editor Main Form

Step 2: Selecting the folder and initial files to include

You will be prompted to select the folder for your new item:

Figure 2: Browse For Folder Dialog

The METS Application will automatically find any images and files in the folder, and ask if you would like them to be added to the METS file for the item. To add the images, click yes.

You can avoid the dialog below and add all page images by default by selecting the Always add all page images when creating a new METS file? in the metadata preferences. ( OptionsMetadata PreferencesResource Files ) Or you can select the checkbox on this form to set the same setting.

Figure 3: Existing Files Found Dialog

If there are other files in the folder which may be included, but do not appear to be page images, you will receive a secondary prompt. This allows you to choose which files should be included in your new METS.

If you wish to just add all the files in the folder, selecting ADD ALL will add them to the METS file and close this dialog box.

Figure 4: Existing Files Found Dialog

After selecting the folder and agreeing or declining to add the files, the METS application automatically opens the default metadata editing template for a new item.

If no images or files are found, the METS Application will still create a new METS file, and it automatically opens the default metadata editing template for a new item where you can add files manually if desired.

Step 3: Enter or import metadata for your new digital resource

This step will look different depending on your template and choices made through the metadata preferences and the first time you run the application.

Figure 5: Example Metadata Template Form

In this stage, you will either enter the bibliographic metadata, or import from an existing metadata file. You will also want to create the appropriate structure map for this item.

One you have entered all your information, proceed to the final step.

Step 4: Save your METS file

You can save your new METS file by either selecting the APPLY button or FINISH button. The APPLY button will save your changes, while leaving the metadata file open for editing. The FINISH button will save your latest changes and close this editing template, returning you to the main menu.

For information on other options while saving, see saving in different formats.