Ross, your hesitation is well-founded. There is a difference between a translated title and a parallel title (title given in more than one language on the piece). Also, assigning languages to titles is tricky (ditto languages to names) -- A book in English with the title "Marie Antoinette", or the famed "***" (book title is three asterisks). In some cases there are titles explicitly in different languages (UN publications are a good example), but titling is creative and follows no rules.

Which is just echo your caution that we have to look into these distinctions deeply before making decisions. And that the experience of those who work on the data creation end is invaluable.


On 4/27/15 1:49 AM, Ross Singer wrote:
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On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 7:33 PM Robert Sanderson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

You wouldn't even need hasTranslatedTitle, you could just do:

    resourceA dc:title "title"@en, "titre"@fr .

I prefer something along these lines, but I think it needs to be vetted against how translated titles actually work before committing to it.  That is, does the title have a 1:1 relationship to language?  Or is the relationship actually something else (e.g. to region, etc.).

I'm not looking for the counterargument to be an argument for overengineering this problem, I just want to avoid the surprises that the publishing industry so often gives us.


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