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I will belatedly add to this that RLG is grappling with what I suspect are
the same issues in our own METS encoding trials -- are we doing this the
right way? making wise decisions? -- given all of the flexibility that the
schema provides.  We would be (I would be!) interested in coordinating with
others on this effort (and are geographically close enough to both Berkeley
and Stanford that we might even be able to perch in the room instead of
peering into it!).

Best,

Merrilee

At 01:08 PM 3/26/2002 -0800, Nancy Hoebelheinrich wrote:
>Hi, Jerry, et al:
>Seems like a very reasonable plan (although that shouldn't stop you from
>having more coffee if you'd like, heavens!)  I think it's a great idea to
>reconnoiter offline to figure out what those of us who've spoken up about
>needing guides are really thinking we need.  At this stage, it may well be a
>more advanced tutorial & "first" practices as opposed to "best" practices,
>or a registry of planned uses for contact purposes, for instance.  We could
>bring the results of those discussions back to the list when we've got
>something to suggest.  I understand that Stanford has some facilities for
>visual networking that I will explore to see whether the appointed
>  anointed?  self destructive?) group could use that for an offline meeting.
>I'll report back to the small group members unless they let me know they're
>not interested or have a better idea, of course.  Make sense?
>Nancy Hoebelheinrich
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard
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>Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 11:59 AM
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>Subject: Re: [METS] fledgling METS Best Practise?
>
>
>At 09:14 AM 3/26/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>
> >I think we're working on parallel courses. At MATRIX, we've been
> >investigating and implementing OAIS for about a year now. We're certainly
> >planning on using METS in various Information Package roles, so we'd be
>very
> >interested in participating in the development of a METS Best Practices.
>Our
> >projects tend to be distributed across several countries, with partners of
> >various backgrounds and training, and we would be both eager and pleased to
> >share practices as they develop. We have a pressing need for such a guide
>as
> >well as an interest in helping to develop it.
> >
> >So I find myself echoing Nancy - I'll volunteer us to work with the
> >community on developing a guide, but how do we go about coordinating a
> >working group?
>
>I'm somewhat concerned that we don't get too far ahead of ourselves here.
>I definitely agree that it would be a good thing for people in the community
>to start exchanging information on local practices with regards to
>implementing
>METS, but we are still in a phase which I can only characterize as
>experimentation
>and R&D with regards to using METS for practical work.  I think we don't
>really
>have enough experience with METS at this point to define what 'Best'
>practices with
>a capital 'B' might be.
>
>This is not to say that I think such a document is a bad idea; I just don't
>see
>us as quite ready to declare definitively what best practices are.  As a
>step
>towards getting there, I think it would be an excellent idea for
>institutions which
>are using METS in their local systems and who are willing to provide some
>documentation regarding local METS practices to write up a document
>describing
>their local practices and send it to Morgan for including on the METS
>website.
>When those documents are available for the community to review, I think
>we can start looking at what people are doing similarly/differently and
>start
>making more informed recommendations about best practices.
>
>It might help if we're all documenting the same thing, however, so at the
>risk of shamelessly abusing whatever miniscule amount of authority I
>possess, I volunteer Guenter, Nancy, Scott, Bartek and Morgan to confer
>together off-list on the question of 'What do you really want to know about
>what other people are doing with METS?' and come back to the listserv
>with suggestions for people drafting local practice guidelines for posting
>on
>the METS website.
>
>Does this sound like a reasonable plan?  Or should I have had that
>second cup of coffee this morning?
>
>
>
>Jerome McDonough
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