On Thu, 10 Jun 2004 16:23:56 -0700, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]>
> On Thu, 2004-06-10 at 10:04, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
> > 1) Get rid of elememts like ref and refs and replace them with what they
> > really refer
> > to, with options of: organization, person, event, place, and work.
> Doesn't this depend a bit on what you intend to do with the references?
> (In any case, it's probably a matter of convenience rather than
> functionality.) I know how we use them in library systems, but I'd like
> to hear what uses are anticipated in other systems.
The examples were for illustration; stuff refernced in bibliographic
records like MODS that may need further elaboration and control. I'm
just a social scientist with zero library training though ;-)
> > The above
> > structure makes both human reading and XML processing easier.
> I have to debate the assumption that humans will be reading XML
> documents in their marked-up form. Programmers, mainly, but not humans.
Right. I simply mean it's easier to look at the data and know exactly
what it means without need for documentation if you use element names
like "person" rather than "ref."
> I think that this stretches the MADS record beyond how it is used for
> authority control in libraries. Not that that's a bad thing, but if we
> do want to do that then we need some clear idea of what needs we are
> addressing and what functionality fulfills those needs.
Sure, just playing devil's advocate, as usual. Library data (including
authority data) is probably the richest generally useful data out there.
It would just be nice that it be exploited in MADS.
> I ended up thinking about an authority record for an author that had all
> of her publications included... to the point that it became a full
> bibliographic record for that person, plus all of the references and
> institution info -- ended up being a full entry for "Who's Who". A neat
> idea, but not a library authority record, that's for sure.)
No, but I do get the feeling that MADS could enable for this sort of
clever linking somehow.