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MADS is the Metadata Authority Description Schema.

It is an XML schema for an authority element set that may be used to provide metadata about agents (people, organizations), events, and terms (topics, geographics, genres, etc.).

MADS serves as a companion to the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) to provide metadata about the authoritative entities used in MODS descriptions.

Currently we maintain a local MADS database and files for agents, and expect to include terms soon.

Instructions on how to interact with the MADS name (agent) database can be found in MADS Names (for batch work) and For_Subjects_and_Names interactively.

Here is a document generated by Mary Alexander on 4/26/2016 on the [different types of names (personal, family, corporate) and the differences between AACR2 and RDA in generating correct names].