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BIBFRAME December 2017

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Re: CC:AAM Statement in Support of the Internationalization of BIBFRAME

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Osma Suominen <[log in to unmask]>

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

Date:

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:14:50 +0200

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Hi Karen!

According to Wikipedia [1] Orwell's book is "Nineteen Eighty-Four, often
published as 1984". The article has a picture of the cover of the first
edition which uses the spelled out name. So apparently both versions of
the title are used in English language editions, but the long version
was used in the first edition.

You're right that having catalogers choose the language for every field
is probably asking too much. However, in most cases it should be
possible to infer the language from other information in the record, so
having catalogers explicitly tag the language may not be necessary as
long as the cataloging system is smart enough - for example defaulting
the language of most fields to the language of the work. Problems arise
e.g. in situations when there are multiple titles in different
languages. Then it would be good to have an explicit language tagging
mechanism.

I wonder if LOC has considered language tagging in their BIBFRAME pilots?

Also, authority records currently are very problematic. In our corporate
name authority we currently have the following alternative names for the
City of Helsinki ("Helsingin kaupunki" in Finnish):

City of Helsinki
Elsínkia
He'lssen
Heilsincí
Helsig
Helsingfors
Helsingfors stad
Helsingi
Helsingia
Helsingjafoss
Helsingki
Helsink
Helsinki
Helsinkis
Helsinko
Helsinky
Helsinqui
Helsset
Helsínquia
Hen-xin-ki
Hèlsinki
Stadt Helsinki
Ville d'Helsinki
Ȟel'sinki
Хельсинки

These are all just names in the 410a field, with no information about
the language of each. It's quite awkward to deal with this outside the
MARC records, since we don't know which names to display in which
situations. For example the English language name should probably be
preferred when displaying the information within an English language UI.
To my knowledge, there is no way of indicating the language of a name in
4xx fields of authority records. It would be very useful to be able to
tag them with languages, though it would take a lot of work to go
through all the existing records and add the language information.

-Osma

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

Karen Coyle kirjoitti 22.12.2017 klo 16:42:
> Osma, I took all of those examples of 1984 from LoC's catalog. While
> Wikidata may think they have different titles, we don't know how that
> decision was made (there are no cataloging rules for Wikidata). In no
> case have I seen "Nineteen Eighty-Four" for the English version
> (although it was filed that way in card catalogs as per the ALA Filing
> Rules). Your examples all conveniently prove your point, but I still
> think that asking catalogers to determine the language of every field is
> going to create difficulties. It would be a good idea to take a sampling
> of records and try this out. From the cataloger's point of view.
>
> kc
>
> On 12/21/17 7:44 AM, Osma Suominen wrote:
>>> However, there is a big problem with trying to attribute
>>> *language* to fields in bibliographic data. It only takes a few examples
>>> to understand why:
>>>
>>> Title:
>>> 1984 (book in German)
>>> 1984 (book in Hebrew)
>>> 1984 (book in English)
>>
>> I don't think that's a problem at all. In fact this is a great example,
>> since the name of Orwell's novel (assuming you meant it) actually
>> differs between many languages. According to Wikidata
>> (http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q208460) it is called
>>
>> "1984" in German
>> "1984" in Hebrew (but rendered with right-to-left alignment!)
>> "Nineteen Eighty-Four" in English (not 1984!)
>> "Vuonna 1984" in Finnish
>> "নাইন্টিন এইটি-ফোর" in Bengali
>


--
Osma Suominen
D.Sc. (Tech), Information Systems Specialist
National Library of Finland
P.O. Box 26 (Kaikukatu 4)
00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Tel. +358 50 3199529
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http://www.nationallibrary.fi

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