Hello all,

The MODS/MADS Editorial Committee has just begun the process of analyzing proposals for changes to the next version of MODS. We're currently planning both a new minor release (3.4) and a major release (4.0). 3.4 will be backwards compatible to 3.3 and therefore only be able to introduce certain types of changes. 4.0 will not be backwards compatible and therefore offer us the opportunity to make some structural and otherwise significant changes, such as greater use of externally-defined vocabularies and properties. We'll start posting to the list and the MODS web sites reports of our conversations as they happen.

The conversation in this thread has suggested both short-term (3.4) and long-term (4.0) ways in which the problem raised might be addressed in MODS. I expect this issue will be on our discussion agenda for our next call in two weeks, March 25. Thanks for re-raising the book review issue, Arjan, and stay tuned for information on the Editorial Committee's discussion.

In the meantime, we're actively reviewing change proposals, so if you have them, post them here!

Jenn Riley
Chair, MODS/MADS Editorial Committee

Jenn Riley
Metadata Librarian
Digital Library Program
Indiana University - Bloomington
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From: Metadata Object Description Schema List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karen Coyle
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 1:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [MODS] Addition of new type value "reviewOf" for relatedItem

The terms in Appendix J of RDA have been entered into the Metadata Registry:

Because they each have a unique identifier, you could use them 
unambiguously (if not 'legally') in a MODS record. The difficulty will 
be that they have implied in them the FRBR levels (work, expression, 
etc.), but you could probably decide to stick to manifestation as a safe 
choice. I guess that would have to imply that you are recording a 
manifestation-to-manifestation relationship. Where I think things might 
break down will be in the lack of identifiers for the bibliographic 
items, so it will be hard to get a good fix on the reciprocity in a 
system unless you use system numbers. If you try this out, let us know 
how it works.


Rhonda Marker wrote:
> 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.
> Rhonda Marker
> Repository  Collection Manager
> Scholarly Communication Center / Alexander Library
> Rutgers University Libraries
> ArjanTh wrote:
>> 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:
>> 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',  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
>> Documents”.
>> Arjan Hogenaar
>> -- 
>> Arjan Hogenaar
>> Research Information
>> Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
>> Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
>> P.O. Box 19121, 1000 GC  Amsterdam
>> T.: +31 (0)20-4628641
>> W:

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