Hi Mike,

I'm pretty comfortable with METS, but very new to TEI. So, what I write here
is just an attempt to reflect what my more experienced colleagues are

* It seems the structure of TEI documents can be problematic since they
follow a logical structure, by paragraphs/sections. And the structMap of all
our METS documents, so far, are divided up by pages of text, not paragraphs.
So the TEI structure does not fit nicely into METS the way we're using METS.

* We're also concerned with not having redundant metadata in the TEI header
and the dmdSec of the METS document. So, we're considering keeping the TEI
header very brief and relying on the METS doc for
descriptive/administrative/technical metadata. (We won't be deriving METS
from TEI which is another issue.)

* The other issue has already been raised by Liza Daly: performance. We've
been told by one of the programmers at Mark Logic that we should embed the
TEI docs into METS for good performance, but we have other reasons why we
don't want to  embed the TEI (editing, maintenance, etc.). So, we are
considering writing a script that would integrate the METS and TEI at the
point a search is deployed.

* From the metadata standpoint, I want to keep the TEI docs separate and
link out to them from the METS docs, because I'm not convinced that library
metadata standards are stable. If we move away from using METS in the next
5-10 years, I think it would be easier if all the text/image files remained
separate from the metadata. So, I'd prefer links in the fileSec of METS that
link out to external TEI files.


On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 2:32 PM, Michael J. Giarlo <
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> On Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 14:38, stuart yeates <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > Christine Schwartz wrote:
> >
> >> Should we consider embedding the TEI in the METS documents, or just link
> >> out
> >> to them?
> >
> > It depends on what you're doing and who the likely users of the METS are.
> >
> > The trouble with separate files, is that they inevitably get separated.
> Not to threadjack, but I am curious, Christine: how would you handle
> linking between the TEI and the METS?
> It could be there's an obvious answer and I'm having a "duh" moment
> (or lifetime), of course.
> -Mike