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RE: Question about MARCXML to Models transformation

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2011 08:14:04 -0800
Message-ID: <20110308081404.15602icbpe71jz64@kcoyle.net>
To: "Young,Jeff (OR)" <jyoung@oclc.org>
Cc: public-lld@w3.org
Quoting "Young,Jeff (OR)" <jyoung@oclc.org>:


>
> I think the nice thing about having FRBR expressed in open-world OWL  
> is that we don't need to have omniscience, perfection, or  
> comprehensiveness. If we only have information for a Manifestation,  
> we can publish it in RDF and know that the constrained elements  
> surrounding it can be inferred and reconciled later.


I hear this said a lot, but I want to understand what it means to only  
have information for a Manifestation. That would mean that you do not  
have an author, because primary creator(s) is a Work property. Also,  
if you have a text, language of text is an expression property. A very  
simple citation, like:

MELVILLE, H. (1997). Moby Dick. New York, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

cannot be coded by using only properties from the manifestation entity.

The only one of the WEMI entities that can stand alone is W. The rest  
are incomplete for just about any bibliographic use without the ones  
(which may be plural) above it.

I think we need to develop a set of examples that allow us to see what  
really goes on when you divide up your bibliographic data into WEMI --  
I think it will be much easier to understand that way. I think we have  
some on the DCMI/RDA wiki, and we could develop others.

kc

>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: rxs@talisplatform.com [mailto:rxs@talisplatform.com] On Behalf Of
>> Ross Singer
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 12:25 AM
>> To: Young,Jeff (OR)
>> Cc: Thomas Baker; Karen Coyle; Diane I. Hillmann; public-lld@w3.org
>> Subject: Re: Question about MARCXML to Models transformation
>>
>> I would say the major problem I have with these models that set the
>> expectation of rigidity (e.g. "an Expression must belong to one Work,
>> a Manifestation must belong to one Expression, etc.") is that implies
>> the intersection of omniscience, perfection and comprehensiveness from
>> the outset.
>>
>> The MADS/RDF's implementation of coordination also runs afoul of this
>> (by using rdf lists).  The irony being that the subject authorities
>> can't themselves be modeled this way without external dependencies
>> (see: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/sh85120834#concept - not only does
>> id.loc.gov not currently have name resources -- although, obviously
>> they could -- there is no authorized heading for "Baconian theory").
>>
>> As Diane pointed out earlier about trying to model MARC records as
>> "types", it's difficult to model the world and impossible to keep up
>> with the changes that evolution brings while maintaining integrity
>> with your backfile.
>>
>> While RDF's "you can only know what you're looking directly at"
>> principle seems somewhat existential, it's also built on pragmatism.
>> I can't help but think there's got to be some middle ground somewhere.
>>  If we can agree on this sweet spot, somewhere between dogma and
>> abandon (which, really, isn't as big a gulf as it seems, it's just
>> that they're fundamentally disjointed) with an acknowledgement of both
>> will dramatically lower the kinetic energy needed to start getting
>> data modeled.
>>
>> Some of these may be fairly simple (changing MADS/RDF's coordination
>> lists to rdf containers, for example), others, like abstracting away
>> the strictness of FRBRer (such as implying parts of the WEMI stack,
>> coupled with explicit parts elsewhere -- similar to what the Open
>> Library does), while still representing a compatible data model, might
>> be less trivial but allow for the creation of much more content.
>>
>> At some point we (and by "we" I don't necessarily mean this group, but
>> the library community as a whole) need to step back and what exactly
>> we hope to accomplish and how that might realistically be done.
>>
>> -Ross.
>>
>> On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 10:12 AM, Young,Jeff (OR) <jyoung@oclc.org>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I half agree. The guiding light for whether something is a WEM or I
>> > isn't necessarily the class name or its definition, it's the
>> sensibility
>> > of properties. WEMI is what it is because the FRBR designers put
>> careful
>> > thought into the property names separating them: "is realized
>> through",
>> > "is embodied in", and "is exemplified by".
>> >
>> > For example, this statement "makes sense" to me and I guessing
>> everyone
>> > else (forget FRBR for a second):
>> >
>> > "A newspaper editorial is a realization of a opinion."
>> >
>> > Is this use of "is a realization of" merely a pun or is its meaning
>> the
>> > same as that found in the FRBR model? I would argue it's the same,
>> which
>> > means (through domain/range settings) that an "Opinion" is a Work
>> > (presumably in the sub-class sense) and "Newspaper Editorial" is an
>> > "Expression" (also in the subclass sense).
>> >
>> > These subclass assignments may not be obvious in isolation, but when
>> > used in statements involving properties their nature becomes clearer.
>> >
>> > Jeff
>> >
>> > > -----Original Message-----
>> > > From: public-lld-request@w3.org [mailto:public-lld-request@w3.org]
>> On
>> > > Behalf Of Thomas Baker
>> > > Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 9:14 AM
>> > > To: Karen Coyle
>> > > Cc: Diane I. Hillmann; public-lld@w3.org
>> > > Subject: Re: Question about MARCXML to Models transformation
>> > >
>> > > On Sun, Mar 06, 2011 at 09:35:22AM -0800, Karen Coyle wrote:
>> > > > I actually think that we should emphasize the "has a" rather than
>> > "is
>> > > > a" aspects of the resources we describe, and let the "has a"
>> allow
>> > us
>> > > > to infer any number of "is a" qualities. This is the message that
>> > Jon
>> > > > Phipps gave at the tutorial day at DC in Pittsburgh -- that we
>> > > > describe things by their characteristics, and those
>> characteristics
>> > > > tell us what the thing *is*.
>> > >
>> > > Yes, that sounds right to me.  Emphasize Properties
>> > > (relationships) over Classes. Verbs over nouns.  Describe
>> > > things less through giving them a name -- i.e., writing a
>> > > definition for a class of things to which they belong --
>> > > and more through enumerating their characteristics.
>> > >
>> > > --
>> > > Tom Baker <tbaker@tbaker.de>
>> > >
>> >
>> >
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