In developing MODS we considered series a type of related item and being
part of a collection another type of relationship. We thought they had
different characteristics, although some things in common. Being part of a
collection is indeed relatedItem type="host". That terminology came from
the MARC field for Host Item Entry (which is this same relationship; an
isPartOf parent/child relationship). I guess the terminology is a bit
confusing since we keep having to explain it.
On Fri, 24 Sep 2004, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
> On Sep 24, 2004, at 10:38 AM, Karen Coyle wrote:
> > Bruce, if you keep thinking like this you're going to turn into a
> > cataloger -- you might not want that.
> > A series is a serial, so if you do a record for a series you code it as
> > a serial. An archival collection isn't "serial" in that sense it's a
> > finite unit.
> OK, and my point that series and collection could both thought of as
> belonging to a more abstract class of relatedItem?
> It just seems to me that "host" is appropriate here, but series is not
> (because that information should be captured within the relatedItem).