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There are several overlapping notions of what it is to be a conceptual work, and I think that the FRBR version isá very much aá compromise ("super-works" fill in some of the gaps from above).

I do believe that all theoretical models require that a work have a creator [I am persuaded by arguments that the coming in to existence of a work rigidly depends on the existence of it's creator, across modal contexts, but that's not strictly relevant here :-)].

It is less clear that a work must have a title, or that uniform titles as currently constituted are the exact corresponding concept to what a work title would be.

The published FRBR model has some logical inconsistencies (how much does a manifestation weigh?), and is best treated as a source of inspiration, rather than as literal truth.

Wittgensteinian family resemblances, prototype theory, and inheritance with overriding can be a useful way of looking at things, especially from a bottom up perspective.

It's also worth reading Barbara Tillett's full dissertation, which laid the groundwork for the IFLA report. I got permission to scan and pdf this a while ago; (hey Jenn, can I borrow the scribe for a bit).

Simon
P.s.
I think Karen was on the other end of a conversation where I found an LC record claiming two distinct uniform titles.

On Feb 17, 2011 9:34 AM, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Jakob, there isn't a single data element that represents the FRBR Work -- Work is a complexity, and generally needs at least a creator and a title, more in some cases. However, the Work title is not the same as the title of the "instance" and most current library records do NOT have a Work title (and thus are not easy to fit into FRBR).
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> The nearest thing to a work "data element" that we have is an author/title uniform title. Thus, on a MARC or MODS record for:
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> Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955
> áJoseph and his brothers
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> You *should* have (but often don't) a uniform/Work title:
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> [Joseph und seine Bru?der]
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> And a corresponding authority heading in the authority file:
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> Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955. Joseph und seine Bru?der.
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> kc
> p.s. actually, it's even messier than that, but I simplified for the sake of clarity.
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> Quoting Jakob Voss <[log in to unmask]>:
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>> Hi,
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>> I tried to create a controlled link for the titleInfo element and do not fully understand what a controlled 'title' exactly means in MODS.
>> It looks like <titleInfo> is a good place to link a record to a FRBR Work entity, right?
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>> <titleInfo valueURI="http://www.librarything.com/work/1577043">
>> á<nonSort>The </nonSort>
>> á<title>C programming language</title>
>> </titleInfo>
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>> If title authorities do not reference works, what do they reference instead, and where can I best put an authority link to a FRBR work in MODS?
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>> Thanks!
>> Jakob
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