Coffee is a good thought for this hour of the morning.

You can count us in as well. Nancy, Bartek and I will be in contact
off-list, and we look forward to this work. I think, as others here have
said, that we're likely all wrestling with the same questions and this
exchange will be quite beneficial.

C. Scott Pennington
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> From: Nancy Hoebelheinrich <[log in to unmask]>
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> Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 13:08:43 -0800
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> Subject: Re: [METS] fledgling METS Best Practise?
> 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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> From: Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Jerome McDonough
> Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 11:59 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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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