Hi 'Make it Digital', I would be very grateful if any one could recommend an encoding scheme (http://kete.digitalnz.org/help/topics/show/16-useful-resources) for eBooks? Supplychain metadata (ONIX etc) is well-established but there appears to be a lack of vocabularies for structured markup at a granular level. The emphasis on the scheme is external - i.e. looking out to APIs like DigitalNZ - rather than for any internal content reuse. One possibility would be to hack together several of the encoding schemes setup for other areas but this would probably be prohibitively expensive and also unsatisfactory (like most semi-custom schemes). Many thanks! Tom
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A precise answer, Tom, requires more information on what you're trying to achieve. There are many, many encoding schemes for eBook content, most of which are orthogonal to encoding schemes for eBook item-level metadata. For example, at the VUW Library/NZETC, we store our eBooks in TEI format (see http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml ) and surface them on the web as HTML (for example http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-Bes01Maor-t1-body-d1.html ) or as ePubs (for example http://www.nzetc.org/downloads/Bes01Maor.epub ) while also publishing the TEI for re-publishers (for example http://www.nzetc.org/tei-source/Bes01Maor.xml ). The item-level metadata for this is also available in the main library catalog (for example http://victoria.lconz.ac.nz/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=975619 ) I highly recommend the TEI for the storage of structured text, it's a standard, it's widely used for collections large (for example http://eebo.chadwyck.com/marketing/about.htm ) and small, is easily convertible (for example http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/oxgarage/ ). There is even a TEI Tite (see http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/TEI_Tite ) a constrained version specifically for out-sourced digitisation.