Joe  - yes the definition needs to be improved, and will be.  --Ray

 

From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joseph Kiegel
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:21 PM
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] bf:mainTitle

 

The property name implies a meaning that is not in the definition of bf:mainTitle.  There is not necessarily anything “main” about a title that has to be determined or not determined. 

 

Alternately, if the intent is to make the property represent a “main” title, then the definition should be clarified.

 

Joe

 

 

From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Denenberg, Ray
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:40 AM
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] bf:mainTitle

 

. Is the point in these examples that rdfs:label can be used under bf:title without declaring whether or not the title given is a bf:mainTitle, which may not have been determined?”

 

Yes, exactly.

Ray

 

 

From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stephen Hearn
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] bf:mainTitle

 

This explains why one would use rdfs:label and why it is used in Example 2, but not why rdfs:label is used in Example 1 or 6, where bf:mainTitle would also apparently work. Is the point in these examples that rdfs:label can be used under bf:title without declaring whether or not the title given is a bf:mainTitle, which may not have been determined?

 

Stephen

 

 

 

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 11:25 AM, Denenberg, Ray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Joe,  consider the following excerpt from a MODS record:

<titleInfo>

<title>Private Eyeballs</title>

<subTitle>a golden treasury of bad taste</subTitle>

</titleInfo>

 

…. and note that  <title> in MODS corresponds to BIBFRAME mainTitle so you could look at this as:

<titleInfo>

<mainTitle>Private Eyeballs</mainTitle>

<subTitle>a golden treasury of bad taste</subTitle>

</titleInfo>

(Even though there is no <mainTitle> element in MODS, pretend there is.)

 

So if you want to make this into a BIBFRAME title, the lazy way to do it might be to construct a title string from the main and sub title:

 

bf:title [rdfs:label “Private Eyeballs - a golden treasury of bad taste”]

 

 

Or, you could parse out the main and sub titles:

 

bf:title [

bf:mainTitle "Private Eyeballs" ;

bf:subtitle "golden treasury of bad taste" ] .

 

Or you could provide both the title string as well as the parsed title:

 

bf:title [

rdfs:label “Private Eyeballs - a golden treasury of bad taste” ;

bf:mainTitle "Private Eyeballs" ;

bf:subtitle "golden treasury of bad taste" ]  .

 

 

Let’s take another example.  In this MODS record, only the main title is expressed:

 

<titleInfo>

     <title>Reflexive interpreters and autobiographical texts</title>

</titleInfo>

 

So the mainTitle is “Reflexive interpreters and autobiographical texts”.  You could express this in BIBFRAME as the mainTitle, but only if you use that string verbatim. 

You could express the string:

     “Reflexive interpreters and autobiographical texts – English – 1977”

 

But in this case you would express it as a label, not as the mainTitle because it is not the main title.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Ray

 

 

 

From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joseph Kiegel
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:34 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [BIBFRAME] bf:mainTitle

 

It would be helpful to have more information on the use of bf:mainTitle as opposed to rdfs:label.

 

The Titles specification (https://www.loc.gov/bibframe/docs/pdf/bf2-titles-apr2016.pdf) uses both in the examples.  Specifically, examples 2-5 use bf:mainTitle to hold the title string.  It seems that examples 1 and 6 could as well.  The definition of bf:mainTitle is quite broad:  “Title being addressed. Possible title component”.

 

Alternate Example 1:

 

bf:title [

a bf:Title , bf:WorkTitle ;

bf:mainTitle "Reflexive interpreters and autobiographical texts" ] .

 

 

Alternate Example 6:

 

bf:title [

a bf:Title , bf: VariantTitle ;

bf:mainTitle “Chartbook on aging” ;

bf:variantType “spine “ ] .

 

 

What are the criteria for using bf:mainTitle vs. rdfs:label?

 

 



 

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