first of all, I want to thank Jerome McDonough for giving me already a very
good introduction to the current state of the METS standard and the hereby
related actual research topics. From September 2001, I am working at the
Multimedia Lab (Ghent University - Belgium) on a research project called
"metadata-based access to multimedia architectural and historical archive
collections .We are considering, among others, to use and study the METS
standard. Within this context, I still have a few question related to the
use of the METS standard.
My first question concerns the hierarchical structure of an archive. Most
archivists make a distinction between on the one hand, an archival fund, and
on the other hand collections of items that are associated based on some
common characteristics such as the type of media. Within the description of
an archival fund, the description at various levels of the fund is a
fundamental part of the archival descriptive practice. In this context,
there is ofted made an appeal to the EAD standard.To what extent is the
structure (hierarchy) of the archive taken into account within the actual
METS research projects ? Does there exist a practical example of the linking
between the EAD and METS standard ?
My second question concerns the Audio Visual Schemas proposed for use in the
Library of Congress.
These Schemas contains information specific to multimedia files (audio,
video, images,...). Does there exist any relation between these schemas and
the MPEG-7 (Multimedia Content Description Interface)Schemas ? What is the
main (semantic) difference between these two ? Is there anyone who has
experience in combining the METS and MPEG-7 standard ?
I would be pleased to get your advise concerning these topics,
Thank You in advance,
Department of Electronics and Information Systems
B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
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