>2) descriptive metadata (whether art historical, photographic, or
other--again, in =
>a way that is consistent with professional best
Going out from TEI domain MODS (http://www.loc.
gov/standards/mods/) probably could be a good solution for encoding
descriptive metadata about the images. It looks flexible enough for
dealing with different kind of materials and on the website there is
some examples about iconographic materials (such as a map, http://www.
Moreover MODS can be
embedded in a METS file allowing to encode more specific technical
details using MIX (http://www.loc.gov/standards/mix/).
I'm not that
sure about this, but probably it would be worth having a look at the
Getty Art Thesaurus (http://www.getty.
edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/aat/), about what kind of
information should be recored, in particular about using controlled
vocabularies and thesaurus.
Probably most of the same things can be
done bending a little and/or customizing already existing TEI elements,
and this could be a very interesting topic to discuss. If I'm not wrong
Michelle Dalmau already published a paper about the use of TEI Header
instead of MODS for encoding information about serials.