Greetings METS list,

I was jolted out of my convenient state as a lurker on the list by
MacKenzie's sideline about a standard METS implementation in an OAIS

At 8:50 PM -0500 3/6/2002, MacKenzie Smith wrote:
>Not that this tells you much, since we (the
>METS community)
>haven't yet defined a standard implementation of METS in the OAIS context...
>something I hope we tackle soon...

The Online Archive of California will adopt METS as an SIP, AIP and
DIP as soon as it has passed DLF review. Since the OAC has made
extensive use of MOA2, there already is quite some expertise in
METS-like objects in the OAC and among its contributors. I am the
chair of the OAC Digital Object Subcommittee, which has been charged
with developing Best Practise Guidelines for the implementation of
METS in the OAC as well as conversion of MOA2 objects into METS. I'd
be extremely interested in hearing from other early implementors who
have started to grapple with METS on an institutional scale. Are
there already any fledgling best practise documents? Any other
committees being convened elsewhere with a similar goal? I know
everybody (including me!) is always very hesitant to share their
imperfect works-in-progress, but maybe letting our pride rest for a
minute would get us further in this case :-).

Guenter Waibel
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Digital Media Developer
Digital Imaging SIG Chair, MCN
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