Rick - I will look into it, and if the configuration settings are
different, we'll see if we can do anything on the METS Listserv end.
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>>> Rick Beaubien <[log in to unmask]> 4/6/2009 10:41 AM
It seems to me that I don't encounter this problem when submitting to
the MODS or MIX lists. Is there some difference in the way these lists
Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress wrote: It's a chronic (minor) bug
with the LC listserv software. You can safely ignore it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Stefan E. Funk
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 8:11 AM
Subject: [METS] Fwd: Rejected posting to [log in to unmask] (mptr to
Dear METS list,
I am just wondering why the mailserver thinks, the same message has
already been sent by me (or someone else?) to the list... maybe there is
someething wrong with the list-server? Or maybe with my mail-client?
I'll just retry now....
Begin forwarded message:
From: "LISTSERV.LOC.GOV LISTSERV Server (14.5)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 6. April 2009 13:03:20 Uhr MESZ
To: "Stefan E. Funk" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Rejected posting to [log in to unmask]
Your message is being returned to you unprocessed because it appears
already been distributed to the METS list. That is, a message with
text (but possibly with different mail headers) has been posted to
recently, either by you or by someone else. If you have reason to
message to the list (for instance because you have been notified of a
failure with loss of data), please alter the text of the message in
and resend it to the list. Note that altering the "Subject:" line or
blank lines at the top or bottom of the message is not sufficient; you
instead add a sentence or two at the top explaining why you are
message, so that the other subscribers understand why they are
copies of the same message.
From: "Stefan E. Funk" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 6. April 2009 12:42:28 Uhr MESZ
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [METS] mptr to higher-level object
Reply-To: Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard <[log in to unmask]>
Fortunately the METS-Profile is available in English by now,
unfortunately only the PDF version:
Or use the direct link:
The XML version will follow soon. As soon as it is available, I will be
glad to inform you immediately.
Happy Easter and best wishes from Göttingen.
On 6. Apr 2009, at 12:05 Uhr, Enders, Markus wrote:
Probably you will not find a general solution for this problem at all.
My experience is that the METS object may change over the life cycle of
the resource. Depending on technical constraints and your purpose of the
METS file you might need different solutions. With purpose I mean wether
the METS describes a SIP, AIP or DIP.
At the British Library we are using the <mods:relatedItem> element for
pointing up to the parent document if the METS file is describing a SIP.
The volume / issue is only very loosley coupled with the parent object.
As the SIPs are created somewhere (on some system) using a file system
for storing their content files and METS descriptors, I don't regard a
<mptr> as an appropriate method as those links could never be actionable
(resolveable) in our current enviroment.
For the DIP the situation may be different. I would assume the DIP is
disseminated from a repository. In this case a system will be available
to resolve URIs. In this case I would regard the use of a <mptr> as a
much better alternative.
The METS profile of the DFG-Viewer
uses the <mptr> very similar to Jerry's suggestion:
<mets:div LABEL="Zeitschrift" TYPE="Periodical">
<!-- Der METS-Pointer referenziert die METS-Datei der Zeitschrift /
des Mehrbändigen Werkes -->
<!-- Hier beginnt die oben bereits besprochene Beschreibung des
einzelnen Bandes -->
<mets:div DMDID="DMD_00" ID="ex11__LOG_00"
<mets:div DMDID="DMD_01" ID="ex11__LOG_01" LABEL="Erstes
<mets:div ID="ex11__LOG_02" LABEL="Erster Artikel"
<mets:div ID="ex11__LOG_03" LABEL="Zweiter Artikel"
Unfortunately the profile is just available in German.
Stefan E. Funk
DP-D - Diensteportal Digitalisierung
Goettingen State and University Library - The Historical Library
Papendiek 14, 37073 Goettingen, Germany
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