On 15/05/13 10:03, Ford, Kevin wrote:
> I suspect what follows will be mostly unsatisfying.

They are less unsatisfying than I had feared, which gives me hope. Thank 
you for your concrete answers to concrete questions.

>> (e) why does the definition from page 10 of the report not appear
>> on Has the definition changed?
> -- It's not different.  In fact, the definition at is virtually a word-for-word copy from the document.  It is, however, truncated to only the absolute essence at  As we continue to update the vocabulary, we'll likely add more complete and encompassing definitions.

Would it be possible to have at least a link from to the definitive definition of 
Instance in the model? I believe that this is what humans are going to 
expect and be looking for when they go to

>> (a) what is the status in the bibframe model
>> of ?
> -- The conceptual notion of the "Final report" would be a BIBFRAME Work (with IFLA as the creator).  This page - - which is basically the landing page for the *entire* report would be an Instance of that Work.  However, the page you direct to in your question is not the same as the link I provided.  Your link is to a distinct chapter of that Work.  One option for the model would be to create a BIBFRAME Work resource for the chapter, which, being a BIBFRAME Work, would have an Instance (represented by your link).  There would be a defined relationship between the BIBFRAME Work for the entire report to the BIBFRAME Work for Chapter 3.  We've been experimenting with this idea.

The concept of chapters of a Work being different Works from their 
parent Work when and only when carried by a particular carrier worries / 
confuses me deeply; I'll certainly follow your experiments with interest.

>> (b) what is the status in the bibframe model
>> of ?
> -- Personally, I think this could be more granular a level of cataloging than we'll be feasible for most (time and money), but it could be treated in the same fashion.  The image could be a BIBFRAME Work (with its own Instance) and be associated with a Work resource of the chapter it is from.

Cataloguing, as the human activity we know, is unlikely to be widespread 
at this granular a level. That doesn't preclude libraries using the 
BIBFRAME model at this level.

For example, I maintain which contains full 
text works as HTML (also in parallel with PDF, page images and ePub). 
Every file / URL on that website is part of a CIDOC model (with the 
exception of some branding-related content). All the navigation links 
are derived from the model. All licensing links are derived from the 
model. Decisions about which files to bundle into ePub are derived from 
the model. Faceted search and parallel-language search is based on the 
model (full-text aspects of the search not so much). Authority control 
(for people, works, places and ships) is based on the model. Everything 
is based on the model.

The NZETC is a collection of an academic library and the decision has 
come from on high that the NZETC is to take concrete steps to move 
closer to, and be more integrated with, other library collections. This 
will be orders of magnitude easier if BIBFRAME can be used, since it 
makes deep interoperability with core library systems a realistic 

I am happy to generate illustrated use-cases based on our work if that 
would be helpful.

>> (c) shouldn't the HTML Instance be defined as
>> the all the HTML pages that make up
>> the HTML version of the report plus all their page dependencies (css,
>> images, media files, etc)?
> -- unionOf, though lacking a definition at, comes from a pre-defined relationship in MARC used mainly (if not exclusively) for serials.  It is too early to tell whether it has such a narrow use in the future, but it is meant to capture the notion that "This Work is the product of a merger of these two other Works."  I believe what you are trying to do is something completely different.  And, FWIW, the attempt to sensibly record how all the parts of an HTML document logically fit together is not something we're focused on.

Could a note of this fact (maybe with a link to the definition) please 
be added to ?

Stuart Yeates
Library Technology Services