All the terms used in INDECS are carefully defined within a structured data dictionary.
The INDECS metadata model is built on three entities: people, creations, and agreements.
It is the expansion of bibliographic families into the digital environment that led the developers of INDECS to declare that "stuff is complex" and to have as their primary goal a sophisticated system of authority control for data at all levels of the work model.
The INDECS model is designed to support at least five different types of interoperability:
INDECS identified a core group of initiatives where metadata standards are being developed and where the need for interoperability will cross the barriers identified above.
Developers of disparate metadata schemes must follow the lead of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and INDECS and work together to create mechanisms to identify the principles and practices that are being applied to the creation of metadata.
(21.) INDECS, http://www.indecs.org, accessed 21 June 2000.