Hi, Guenter, et al:
Don't know if you can hear the standing ovation from down here on the Farm
about the idea of sharing best practice guidelines as they are being
developed by METS implementers.   We here at Stanford are planning to use
METS in an OAIS implementation as well, certainly for the SIPs & DIPs, and
probably also for the AIPs.   We would certainly be willing to share our own
practices as we make them up & find out what works, and would be quite eager
to learn from others as well.  Such guidelines would go a long way to
providing some documentation for the _operational_ aspects of applying METS
which could distribute that workload, and provide many different
perspectives on how METS could be used.  (NOT implying anything about the
existing documentation associated with the schema, Jerry, I'm in awe!)
Such Best Practice Guidelines would be helpful not only for the
implementors, but also for the digital creators among our colleagues who are
worried about how & where the metadata that is or has been created for their
collections will be used & seen by searchers of the digital repository.  For
many people, METS represents a paradigm shift that is different,  exciting,
puzzling, I've found (and certainly it is for me as well as I'm learning how
to apply it).

So, how to do this?  We certainly have the mechanisms for sharing
information by virtue of our LC sponsored web site.  Perhaps in addition to
certain groups working on extension schema, others among us might work on
how to document Best Practice Guidelines?  I'd be happy to volunteer to work
with Guenter and/or others on this if the METS community thought this might
be useful.
Nancy Hoebelheinrich
Metadata Unit Coordinator, Cat Dept
3rd Floor, Meyer Libr
Stanford Univ Librs/Acad Info Rsrcs
Stanford CA    94305-6004
phone: 650.725.6843  fax: 650.725.1120
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Subject: [METS] fledgling METS Best Practise?

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
>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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