[open-bibliography] More verbs. Electronic 'Items' (Yes, another FRBR thread)

Weinheimer Jim j.weinheimer at aur.edu
Mon Jul 12 16:02:01 BST 2010

But this becomes a problem for comprehensibility and means a lot of work. My example was always this page of Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ: 
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html. Is this one "thing" or several? (This site has actually gotten rid of several formats over the years, e.g. http://web.archive.org/web/20030924082152/http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html)

Also, with materials in sites such as the Internet Archive, how do we deal with them:

Is this 8 manifestations? That's a lot of extra records and work. Is it best for the readers and is it worthwhile to deal with them this way? And what happens when the Archive decides to automatically create, let's say XML versions for every document. Are these all going to be different manifestations? 

For these sorts of reasons, I personally have major theoretical problems with the concept of "manifestation" especially with practical effects when applied generally. I see the "manifestation" primarily as a throwback to the catalog/unit card, and I think there are far better ways of handling them with modern tools. 

But I realize we are probably stuck with what we have. 

James L. Weinheimer  j.weinheimer at aur.edu
Director of Library and Information Services
The American University of Rome
Rome, Italy
From: open-bibliography-bounces at lists.okfn.org [open-bibliography-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Tom Morris [tfmorris at gmail.com]
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Subject: Re: [open-bibliography] More verbs. Electronic 'Items' (Yes,   another         FRBR thread)

On Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Weinheimer Jim <j.weinheimer at aur.edu> wrote:
> The guidelines followed by the Library of Congress, and therefore, by most other
> Anglo-American libraries are in "LC Rule Interpretation 1.0 Decisions Before Cataloging", ...

Cataloging is just one use of bibliographic data.  Citations are
another important use.  While different formats (e.g. Postscript &
PDF) should nominally be identical, there's no guarantee, so I'd argue
that each different format should be indexed as a separate
manifestation (or equivalent in the schema of your choice).


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