The DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group is proud to release a brief report 
summarizing our Working Group's activities through the life of the DLF Aquifer 
initiative, reflecting on the impact and effectiveness of these activities, and 
suggesting some directions future similar initiatives might explore. "Advancing 
the State of the Art in Distributed Digital Libraries: Accomplishments of and 
Lessons Learned from the Digital Library Federation Aquifer Metadata Working 
Group" can be found online at <>.

The Aquifer Metadata Working Group would like to thank all who have been 
involved with the initiative, including current and past Working Group members; 
the Aquifer American Social History Online project team; participants in 
ground-breaking precursor activities such as the DLF/NSDL OAI-PMH Best 
Practices; individuals and institutions who tested, implemented, and provided 
feedback on the Metadata Working Group's MODS Guidelines and other work 
products; and of course DLF for its ongoing support. It's been a wild, 
educational, and wholly enjoyable ride!

Jenn Riley
On behalf of the DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group

Jenn Riley
Metadata Librarian
Digital Library Program
Indiana University - Bloomington
Wells Library W501
(812) 856-5759

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