> There is one extension that I would love to see in DC or in any other
> metadata format that will be encoding journal-type items: enumeration
> and chronology. The MARC format does this well (logically), but it is
> hard for people to grasp because of the MARC structure, I think.
> Essentially, one of the great complications of serial publications are
> these hierarchies of volume, number, etc. What's complicated is that
> there is a near-infinity of patterns that has been used in actual
> practice. Some journals have parts that are hierarchically superior to
> volume, others have parts that are subdivisions of volume, some journals
> go straight to number, and some have no numbering at all.
Don't forget series and analytics. Ahhh, I remember my times learning
about those when I had a GA with the serials catalogers at
Urbana-Champaign. Nothing like a translated German title that is in
three different series, each with a different notation, and then some
other odd stuff thrown into the mix just for fun.
Sorry, been following these threads with some interest and I think the
holiday spirit is making my mind wander a bit.