Bib records include a mix of work, expression, and manifestation data, and a lot of the underlying relationships are only implied. If I add a cover artist's name to a bib record for a literary work (which we do for our special collections), I'm not relating the artist directly to the manifestation. I'm saying implicitly "Literary expression is part of aggregate work; aggregate work includes cover art; Cover art has artixt X." The fact that I show only "700 $a X, $e artist" on the record for the book just elides that set of relationships, it doesn't replace it with a simpler relationship between artist and manifestation. (Cf. FRBR 5.1, third paragraph.)

The argument is that a series edition of a multipart literary work is (usually and arguably) a different work (NB: work, not expression)--an aggregate work which contains the literary work (or more precisely, an expression of the literary work) as its primary content. This all gets further elided and muddled by LC's decision that one AAP should serve for both the work and its original language expression.  (Note also that for LC, the idea that "Difference in translation is clearly a difference in Expression" isn't really the case when it comes to the AAP--cf. LC-PCC PS 6.27.3, "When identifying an expression not already represented by a name authority record, do not add another characteristic to differentiate one such expression from another expression; (e.g., do not differentiate one translation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in French from another French translation ...).")

So, if the HarperCollins Spanish series were reproduced by another publisher, the extent to which the HarperCollins series AAP could still be applied would depend on the extent to which the new publisher had added to or altered the aggregate content. If not at all, I'd be inclined to say that the HarperCollins series AAP would still be applicable, especially if the new publisher reproduced the HarperCollins series title page.  On the other hand, if the new publisher also added its own series title--an important piece of the definition of a series--then an AAP for that series could also be formulated and applied.

This all reminds me of the Magic Eye graphics. You look at a flat page of dense wiggles and speckles of color, and that's all you see, until suddenly--there's a dinosaur! The FRBR perspective on resources requires this kind of stereoscopic focus on what at first seems to be fairly a flat surface but can be resolved into multidimensional layers of entities and relationships.


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM, McDonald, Stephen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I agree that a Spanish translation would need a separate Expression record, with a qualifier of some sort.  And a different Spanish translation (i.e. different translator) would require yet another Expression record, with a different qualifier.  Difference in translation is clearly a difference in Expression.


But what if Harper Collins published a Spanish translation, and a year later MacMillan published the exact same translation, perhaps even with the exact same art.  Would you give this yet another Expression record?  Even if they are exactly the same except for publisher?  Differences in cover art, publisher, and minor added material like introductions are considered to be part of Manifestations, not Expressions, according to FRBR.  FRBR doesn’t ignore those differences, it just considers them to be in a different category.


I suggest that the differences you are talking about are differences in Manifestation, not Expression.  We would not express different cover art in authority records for individual titles; that would be handled in bibliographic records, as information about the Manifestation, not the Expression.  Just as a Manifestation of a single Work expresses the minor differences in cover art, introduction, and publisher, perhaps we should consider Manifestations of series Works/Expressions, which distinguish identical series differing only in these minor details.  That would satisfy your desire to distinguish these things for the user.  In a new RDA setting, I can imagine having Series broken into Works, Expressions, and Manifestations just as we do with individual titles.


That would be a significant change, but it is the logical extension of considering a Series as a form of aggregate Work, with Exressions.


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From FRBR 3.3, Aggregate and Component Works--"... from a logical perspective the entity work, for example, may represent an aggregate of individual works brought together by an editor or compiler in the form of an anthology, a set of individual monographs brought together by a publisher to form a series, or a collection of private papers organized by an archive as a single fond."


My view is that most edited editions of literary works are aggregate works per FRBR because the combine different kinds of work-level content, but that we don't see a need to describe the aggregate as a separate work. A description of the manifestation with access points which reference the primary work contained in the aggregate and that work's expression-level contributors (editor, translator) suffices. But as Bob Maxwell pointed out, art and an editor's introduction in such an edition would be regarded as separate works, not part of the primary work's expression.  If the artist is named in an AAP, that's properly part of the description of the art as work, or the description of a component implying the presence of the aggregate work, though the aggregate work per se is otherwise not described in most cases.


Just because we don't pay much attention to the aggregate work in most cases doesn't mean it isn't there. In the case of series, it may be useful to pay more attention to it.  


The question of expressions of the series-as-aggregate-work gets back to my initial question. If the series AAP represents the aggregate work, and a publisher releases an alternate language edition of the series (same art, same introduction, but in Spanish) as may have happened with HarperCollins Spanish edition of Narnia, then that expression of the series work should probably take the AAP "Lewis, ... $t Chronicles of Narnia (HarperCollins (Firm)). $l Spanish" rather than  "Lewis, ... $t Chronicles of Narnia. $l Spanish. $s HarperCollins (Firm))".  The latter would be the correct AAP, distinguishing a new series aggregate work (not expression), only if the component works (art, introduction, etc.) which accompany the text are new, and not carried over from the English edition of the HarperCollins series.  


At least, that's how I'm inclining at the moment as I ponder what to do with my Narnia in Danish.  I second the list of concerns that Mary Jane Cuneo adds. My goal is to formulate principled FRBR/RDA basis for continuing the practical solutions to these questions that we've used in the past when creating series authorities; but other interpretations are welcome.



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