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I should really not answer e-mail before I've had my fifth
cup of coffee.

So, I'll try to clarify my take on this, and if anyone else on the
editorial
board wants to jump in, they may feel free.  The metsHdr really is
intended to
be about the METS document itself, and not the complete
digital object.  As noted in the original question, the METS schema
provides slots for recording descriptive and administrative metadata for
the digital files included in the digital object; the metsHdr should
in theory be used only for CREATOR/EDITOR/IPOWNER etc. with regards
to the METS document itself.

That being said, it's fairly obvious that someone entrusted with
preservation responsibilities for the METS document is probably
also going to have preservation responsibilities for the rest of
the files composing the complete digital object.  If an organization
wants to use such roles as PRESERVATIONIST, DISSEMINATOR,
ARCHIVIST, etc. as a shorthand way of indicating that someone has
responsibility
for both the METS file and associated files in a digital object, I
don't think
anyone is going to morally censure them for it.  Moreover, some folks
may be using the <FContent> element to embed the content bitstreams
inside of the METS document itself, in which case saying someone has
preservation responsibility for the METS file would of necessity imply
preservation responsibility for the embedded bitstreams.  So, the
metsHdr documentation stating that the <agent>s should be responsible
for the "METS document" is actually more inclusive than it might sound
on its face.

But using the metsHdr to indicate someone has roles/responsibilities
for digital content files in an object when they do *NOT* have
responsibility for the METS
file itself would be, to my mind, a mis-use of the specification.  If
someone
has an agent role with respect to digital files that they do not also
play
with respect to the METS file, that should be recorded somewhere in a
dmdSec or
an amdSec with the <file> element(s) linked to the information using
the DMDID
and ADMID attributes.  So, officially, <metsHdr> should be used to
record
metadata for the METS file itself, and if you want to use <metsHdr> to
record
information about agent roles for the METS file *and* associated data
files,
probably no one will give you grief, although it would be a *very* good
idea
to indicate that in the <note> element for that agent.  But if someone
has a role with respect to content files that they do not have with
respect
to the METS file itself, you should keep that out of the <metsHdr>.

Does that help any, or do I need a sixth cup of coffee?


On Aug 30, 2004, at 2:19 PM, Karen Coyle wrote:

> OK, then I need a bit more of an explanation of the other agent roles
> in
> the metsHdr, in particular:
>
> ARCHIVIST
> PRESERVATION
> CUSTODIAN
>
> It seems to me that the inherent meaning of these implies not just the
> METS document but also the digital resources. I can see where CREATOR
> and EDITOR can refer to the METS document alone, but with the others
> I'm
> having a hard time giving them that semantic.
>
> kc
>
> On Mon, 2004-08-30 at 08:15, Jerome McDonough wrote:
>> On Aug 30, 2004, at 10:48 AM, Evan Owens wrote:
>>
>>> I read the documentation to say that the agent roles in the <metsHdr>
>>> are roles in connection with the METS file, not the digital object
>>> that
>>> the METS file documents.  Thus for example agent role "IPOWNER" means
>>> IP
>>> owner of the METS file, not the digital object described by METS
>>> file.
>>> Information about the IP owner for the digital object would go in the
>>> rights MD section of the administrative MD.
>>>
>>> Is that a correct reading of the standard?
>>>
>>
>> Yes.
>>
>>
>> Jerome McDonough
>> Digital Library Development Team Leader
>> Elmer Bobst Library, New York University
>> 70 Washington Square South
>> New York, NY 10012
>> (212) 998-2425
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