This is not the only case in which the relatedItem type vocabulary is
frustratingly limited. The MARC origins of MODS are weighing us down.
(Never mind-- that's just a splinter in my finger so to speak, not the
main point here.)
I'd like to see more explicit reciprocity in the type vocabulary when it
is warranted, e.g. "reviewOf" and "ReviewIn". I'd also like to see a
more elastic registry of <relatedItem> type values so that we don't have
to move heaven and earth to apply the element to fit our needs. To begin
with I'd like to see MODS populate the type vocabulary for this element
with the relationship designators found in the RDA draft, Appendix J.
Repository Collection Manager
Scholarly Communication Center / Alexander Library
Rutgers University Libraries
> Dear MODS users,
> The Dutch scientific institutions – united in Surfshare (the successor of
> DAREnet) – have decided to use MODS in the description of objects in their
> repositories. The main reason to do so is the higher granularity MODS offers
> to its users.
> For most type of documents, MODS is providing us with nice examples in the
> “Sample MODS Version 3 XML Documents”, available at:
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-guidance.html. Unfortunately, no
> example has been given on how to handle with ‘book reviews’.
> Of course, others have pointed out this problem as well (see the discussions
> on the MODS forum). But pointing out the problem will not automatically lead
> to a final solution. In November 2007, Jenn Riley has started the
> discussion on this subjects and Joe Altimus has made good suggestions to
> overcome the problems (as agreed to by Rebecca Guenther).
> Meanwhile, workarounds are being developed at several places to create book
> review descriptions in MODS. This is understandable, but we don’t think this
> is a welcome development.
> In Europe (the DRIVER project) and more specifically in the Netherlands, we
> need to find a way to handle ‘book reviews’ as soon as possible. The Royal
> Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (the maintainer of the service
> 'NARCIS', www.narcis.info) proposes to introduce the new type value
> "reviewOf" for 'relatedItem'. [ relatedItem type="reviewOf"> ].
> This solution is quite similar to the one explained by Joe Altimus in
> November 2007. In Europe it is supported by Benoît Pauwels of the Free
> University of Brussels.
> With this new type value "reviewOf" it will be clear to everyone how to
> create book review descriptions in MODS and it will stop the development of
> workarounds. Besides, we think this proposal is rather easy to implement.
> Furthermore, it would we helpful when the 'book review' - after the approval
> of this proposal - will be introduced in the “Sample MODS Version 3 XML
> Arjan Hogenaar
> Arjan Hogenaar
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