To my *eyes* (and mind) this appears to be describing a book (mainly based
on the assertion there is a publisher "San Diego :Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich," which contains the string "Harcourt Brace Jovanovich", the
name of a familiar publishing firm), but indeed, it's not particularly
clear to me, and likely would be in most cases completely obscure to a
Also, without familiarity with library cataloging practice, I might find
the title "Arithmetic /" odd, or wonder why one if its creators has
numbers in his name, or feel bad that another creator of "Arithmetic /",
"Rand, Ted", is ill...
What this is, and its usefulness or "meaning" (including its being a
"document"; that it is a "description"; that the strings in between angle
brackets are "names" of "elements" and that they are making an assertions
about the string, and/or the referent of the string, bounded by pairs of
angle brackets, etc...) are contingent on the circumstances of its use. In
some contexts, in some environments, to some processes, it may function
adequately as a description of a book. In others it might not.
That said, having a reasonably similar and conventional interpretation of
XML markup, a mutual understanding of the element definitions of dublin
core (I'm assuming this is dublin core, but there is no namespace
declaration or association with any schema), and a knowledge of English,
two or more parties exchanging this record would likely benefit from the
addition of some content to the "type" element and use of the "format"
element to clarify what is being described. Would make for a better
example record on the LC MARC site as well.
About METS and the Semantic Web, I don't think there are any formal
relationships, but probably much common interest and experience. I would
be very interested in finding out more about this as well. I for one think
some integration of rdf with METS would be interesting and maybe helpful.
On Wed, 19
Sep 2007, Trace Bond wrote:
> Is there something wrong with this Dublin Core document?:
> There's nothing (to my eye) that shows that it's describing a paper book.
> Another question:
> Are there relationships/collaborations between the METS standard/community
> and the Semantic Web standards/community?
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Columbia University Libraries Digital Program
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