Hello all, I just finished reading the METS listserv archive in its entirety. First of all, my eyes are quite bleary. Before I leave the computer, however, I would like to share a thought: I think a best practices sort of thing is a super idea. To some extent the list archives already represent a set of best practices, although there are without a doubt some areas that have yet to be covered and others that need to be fleshed out more. It seems to me that it would make sense to mine the archives for areas of consensus - generally indicated, I would say, by a statement from the METS editorial board (especially its chair) - and provide them in a condensed form. This could be an ongoing project. I really felt that the METS schema came alive for me while reading the archive, and it would be nice for people to be able to have this experience in a more easily digested form. I think that the three directions being taken by the "best practice guidelines" ("working towards first practice", 5/17/02 posting) are superb. I was going to try to cover some of these areas in my report to NASA; it is good that there are people more qualified than me doing such work! Clay Templeton Consultant Information International Associates, Inc.