[open-bibliography] FRBR examples
kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Thu May 27 17:58:28 BST 2010
On 5/27/10 7:55 AM, Weinheimer Jim wrote:
> On the Open Library page for Moby Dick that you gave, do people really have such a need for this summary? And in fact, what is the purpose of the separate page? What if the "works" or "expres
> sions" were only queries that bring the relevant records together for the user to man
> ipulate further?
That is exactly what the OL page does. The page is derived from the data
in the database. Whether or not it shows summaries or first lines is
really up to the implementation, but it is essentially what you say: a
query that brings the relevant records together. At that point, users
can move in various directions. If you click on the subject
from that page you go to a subject page that has a publishing timeline,
and a lot of choices for next steps for the user. I think this should be
the point of the library catalog (or any catalog for that matter), which
is to help people discover things they might not have originally thought
This also illustrates something that I talk about a lot: pulling
together data from the records and making it visual. How long would it
take a user who gets a list of hundreds of bib records to derive
something like that timeline? Or to make the links from Moby Dick to all
of the possible relevant subjects? This is what our systems should be
doing for users, mining retrieved sets for information.
> For the headings there, Lucene and Zebra indexing can now extract te headings in a much more useful way, e.g. see the Koha catalog at Antioch http://tinyurl.com/2ukcwny and how Zebra indexing extracts the headings into the left-hand column.
Because the data is there, that type of display could be added to OL --
it's all a matter of choices, and OL will undoubtedly change over time.
The main thing is to have the data elements in a usable form, and to
experiment with different displays and different information
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