The SCHEMAS project is funded as part of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, a theme of the European Union's Fifth Framework Programme managed by the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission. S CHEMAS provides a forum for metadata schema designers involved in projects under the IST Programme and national initiatives in Europe. The intent of SCHEMAS is to inform schema implementers about the status and proper use of new and emerging metadata standards. The project will support development of good-practice guidelines for the use of standards in local implementations. It will also investigate how metadata registries can support these aims.