At 1:30 PM -0500 4/1/02, Julia Flanders wrote:
>I hope this doesn't seem like a betrayal or a deep heresy (my turn to
>get the flames!) but I've heard good things about the possibility of
>using the METS schema, which allows you to bring together metadata,
>text transcription (e.g. in TEI), and multiple images (whether of the
>original text or of associated images) and specify their behaviour. I
>don't know a whole lot about it but it looks pretty elegant; they're
>starting to use it at the Brown digital library projects. Those who
>actually know something about METS should speak up and correct or
>amplify what I've said.
On the other hand, one can store both the page image references and
the marked up text in the same (TEI) file, and use TEI as the DIP for
both methods of access. While METS is certainly fine to the task, it
may be superfluous if you already have a TEI delivery infrastructure.
A great strength of METS, however, is the way it allows you to
associate descriptive and administrative/technical metadata with
objects at any level of granularity (I've often wished there was a
direct way to attach descriptive metadata at the TEI DIVn level).
Still, even e-facsimiles of print books are essentially textual
structures (even if skeletal), and textual structures are what TEI
does best. The structural metadata maps fairly straightforwardly:
Near the top, there's a link to a document mapping the data elements
to TEI structures. We're in the process of sewing together the e-facs
and 'real' TEI interfaces in order to drive both from the same source
Peter C. Gorman
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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