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BIBFRAME  May 2013

BIBFRAME May 2013

Subject:

naive comments on BIBFRAME and annotations

From:

Simeon Warner <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 10 May 2013 07:23:50 -0400

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I was recently looking around for ontologies that might be used to 
express/exchange information about scholarly articles and the different 
versions produced by publishers and held in repositories (like arXiv.org 
that I'm involved with). BIBFRAME was appealing because I think that 
"FRBR-lite" Work/Instance model of BIBFRAME is a practical and useful 
level of granularity. I'm also interested in RDF expressions of library 
data as we are creating a new discovery system in our library where all 
our MARC records are being mapped into RDF in order to merge them with 
additional information held in systems other than our LMS.

I've been following with interest the discussion of annotation in 
BIBFRAME and am left wondering what special value is added by BIBFRAME 
adopting a model not-quite-compatible with OAC. From [1] it seems that 
the BIBFRAME "special sauce" regarding annotations is twofold: first is 
a specialized set of types of annotation tied to community needs, and 
second is a simple syntax/structure for the use of literals. I don't see 
that either of these is a compelling reason for a different approach. 
The specialized set of annotation types very nicely maps onto the (more 
readily extensible) oa:motivatedBy model where instances of 
oa:Motivation could be usefully subclassed. The use of literal bodies 
can be handled with the (admittedly slightly more cumbersome) 
oa:ContentAsText mechanism. A possible good side-effect is that this 
might discourage the use of "not on the web" literal annotations except 
in cases such as those Karen Coyle mentioned where user tags perhaps 
"deserve to be literal strings, dangling off the edge of information space".

My conclusion is that the value-add of BIBFRAME is not in its annotation 
model and I think it would be better to promote a profiled use of OAC to 
support interchange within the target community (while also supporting 
uses by others not yet imagined, presumably one of the goals of going 
the RDF route).

2c,
Simeon

[1] http://bibframe.org/documentation/annotations/20130430.html

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