From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Barbara Tillett
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 8:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] Input screens

 

If back on track is back to the questions about what identifying characteristics are important for users to find, identify, select, or obtain information, we have decades, in fact centuries, of research and use information that has led us to the identifying elements in cataloging codes, such as RDA: Resource Description and Access.  

 

RDA built on research and international consensus in the library community (not just the experience of catalogers, but also reference/public service staff helping users every day) - which includes public and academic and all kinds of libraries and library-related service providers, as well as archivists and curators from museums.  

 

The basic, essential elements are identified in RDA as "core" elements and other identifying characteristics are included for all types of resources - to be used or added as appropriate to fulfill a user task (find. identify, select, obtain, etc.).  Identifying information can be added at any time - by the creator of the resource, by the publisher, by catalogers over time, by others able to do so, etc.  This becomes even more do-able in the Internet, where experts could augment descriptions and provide relationships (links).

 

Let's please not dumb down the possible elements for the sake of a very simple element set - that was done with Dublin Core, which has proven helpful for limited applications but has limits when more granularity/detail is needed. Let's learn from that and enable the future framework to meet the needs of all users.

 

Our future framework really must accommodate details that will be important for humans.  Plus we need to do it in a way that machines can easily manipulate so humans can understand and see connections/relationships and confirm/distinguish among similar things in order to do what they wish with information.  If we can accommodate details, then we can simplify our display and uses of that data - condensed into a shorter/brief view of data or mapped to broader categories of data; but if we only provide a few elements, we can't go from generalities to details when that is needed.

 

Dr. Barbara B. Tillett

Chair, Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA

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Hear, hear!

Michael Mitchell

Technical Services Librarian

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX

Michael.mitchell at brazosport.edu