Thanks for this

I'll start with an easy comment :) 

As the paper states (section 2.7) " a BIBFRAME Authority is not conceptually identical to the notion of a traditional library authority, the name - Authority - may be confusing and distracting to traditional librarians and their developers"

While acknowledging there is a whole heap of terminology that we are going to have to get our heads round and use in relation to BIBFRAME, and that if one defined the BIBFRAME Authority entity well it would be quite clear this was not the same as an 'authority' in the sense of the LCNAF (Name Authority File), I agree - the use of the term 'Authority' here is likely to cause confusion, and it's already led me down the wrong path several times while trying to write an email about it :)

An alternative proposed in the paper is ' BIBFRAME Access Point' which seems a slightly better description of what is being aimed for here from my point of view, but others may disagree I guess.


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On 10 May 2013, at 22:38, "McCallum, Sally" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Here is another part of the BIBFRAME pie to stimulate discussion and questions for the community to consider, On BIBFRAME Authority.  This issue paper concerns the Authorities concept in the BIBFRAME model paper.   This paper clarifies what the model document says about the Authority part of the model and invites discussion.
Again it is helpful if when discussing this paper, you name your listserv comment with the topic  plus  an extra title to bind threads, e.g., "authority--main point". 
Looking forward to your comments,  Sally
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