On Thu, 17 Jul 2003, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Jul 2003 13:01:37 -0400, "Corey Keith" <[log in to unmask]> said:
> > The ID attribute on the mods element should probably not be used for any
> > "descriptive" identifier. That information really belongs in the
> > identifier or recordIdentifier elements. The ID attributes sprinkled
> > throughout the schema, which are included on the elements mods,
> > titleInfo, name, subject, and relatedItem, allow implementors to link to
> > specific parts of the record by using the XML ID/IDREFS data types.
> OK, thanks for the clarification Corey. So if I wanted to approximate a
> bibtex-esque citation key (in essence, a natural language database record
> ID), I'd want something like the following?
> <identifier type="citekey">Jones1999a</identifier>
> Is that right?
Yes, that should work.
> This raises two other bigger questions:
> 1) There was some discussion awhile ago about adding some information
> about where the record is coming from, and/or what cataloguing rules were
> used to create it. This seems like a good idea. Is it coming to the
> forthcoming update?
We hadn't planned on putting this in. It seemed like a can of worms to
start indicating cataloging rules used. Some elements may use them and
some may not. How useful do people think this would be?
> 2) There are a lot of attribute and type values that are currently
> uncontrolled in MODS, with "suggested" values. I assume the plan here is
> to control these at some point in the not-too-distant future, once the
> LoC has a better handle on what people need. Is that right?
For the most part we haven't defined them because it wasn't clear how
things will fall out. So in some cases we might make the
"suggested" values something more controlled when we have more
experience. In other cases we don't want a controlled list because we know
there's a lot out there that might be used. The advantage is that records
wouldn't invalidate against the schema if they were just suggested. One
example is note, where there are all kinds of different applications that
use their own kinds of notes. So we are putting out a list of note types
that we know have been used and we can add to it when necessary. That will
be available shortly.
> > Bruce