I have a question on marking up a journal issue or an entire journal in
METS. If for example I was using MODS for descriptive metadata to describe
the journal is it more correct to have the entire journal's MODS metadata
within a single dmdSec (i.e. covering all discrete objects which make up the
journal), or to have dmdSec containers for each of the discrete objects
(e.g. the journal, issues, sections, articles, etc).
In the situation where a single dmdSec held all MODS, the structure
reflected in the structMap would be (redundantly) replicated within the MODS
metadata (using the part and relatedItem MODS elements). It would also mean
DMDIDs from within the structMap and fileSec sub-elements would be linked to
IDs within the MODS metadata which seems not be very package-oriented
(surely better to link to package-level elements rather than payload elements?).
The description of the dmdSec element within the METS docs appears to
support both ways (which makes sense given the docs aren't content
sensitive), so I just thought I'd get the opinions of some experts before