I have an interesting issue regarding changing names for software that I
wanted to hear some discussion about.
The book in question: Using OpenRefine
It's a handbook on using an open source desktop application currently
named OpenRefine. However, the software has gone through several name
changes. Wikipedia provides a succinct summary:
OpenRefine started life as Freebase Gridworks developed by Metaweb and has
been available as open source since January, 2010. On 16 July 2010, Google
acquired Metaweb, the creators of Freebase, and on 10 November 2010
renamed their Freebase Gridworks software to Google Refine, releasing
version 2.0. On 2 October 2012, original author David Huynh announced that
Google would soon stop its active support of Google Refine. Since then,
the codebase has been in transition to an open source project named
The OpenRefine website itself says: OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is
a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it
from one format into another; extending it with web services; and linking
it to databases like Freebase.
So the question I have is this:
Do we have one work here, or multiple works? If just a single work, what
is the preferred title for it? The latest name or the earliest? That is:
430 Google refine
430 Freebase gridworks
130 Freebase gridworks
430 Google refine
If we have multiple works, is it a sequential work relationship or some
other kind? If sequential, do we have any existing relationship
designators that can be used?
continuation of (work) The work that is continued by the content of a
later work. Apply generally to serials.
replacement of (work) An earlier work whose content has been replaced by a
later work, usually because the later work contains updated or new
information that makes the earlier work obsolete. Apply generally to
single-part units, multipart monographs, and integrating resources.
preceded by (work) A work that precedes (e.g., is earlier in time or
before in a narrative) the succeeding work. For sequentially numbered
works with revised content, see J.2.2 (derivative works).
If not sequential, is it derivative?
I'm curious to think what others think about software titles as works and
how to deal with changes in title, particularly in a case where one
company buys another and changes the name of the software.
Adam L. Schiff
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 685-8782 fax
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