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Re: Proposal for an additional term: mediaType

From: Dawson, Laura <Laura.Dawson@bowker.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:33:51 -0400
To: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
CC: Public Vocabs <public-vocabs@w3.org>, "Suliman, Suraiya H" <suraiya.h.suliman@lmco.com>, Greg Grossmeier <greg@creativecommons.org>, Thomas Baker <tom@tombaker.org>, Stuart Sutton <sasutton@dublincore.net>
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Could identifiers help with this issue? In the commercial book world we have ISTC, which identifies a textual work. This is distinct from the ISBN, which identifies an edition specific to a carrier (or a "container", as we're coming to call it). ISTC merely identifies the string of text, independent of the carrier. So one ISTC could have many ISBNs related to it.

It's a lot less rigid than FRBR - less hierarchical and more "webby".

On Aug 28, 2012, at 5:38 AM, "Dan Brickley" <danbri@danbri.org> wrote:

> Thanks all. Yes, FRBR is quite another level of complexity, although
> it is driven by the same concerns Richard mentioned - the concern to
> distinguish works in the abstract from the particularities of their
> various practical forms. And to be able to describe useful properties
> of both without getting into a muddle.
> These are not new distinctions and as Martin and Ivan point out, we
> should take care not to re-use existing phrases (like 'media type') in
> unfamiliar ways. Or for that matter to arbitrarily introduce new
> wording for existing concepts; or if we do, at least we should
> document the relationships.
> Dublin Core makes some related distinctions. Compare ...
> http://dublincore.org/documents/2012/06/14/dcmi-terms/?v=terms#terms-format
> "The file format, physical medium, or dimensions of the resource."
> "Examples of dimensions include size and duration. Recommended best
> practice is to use a controlled vocabulary such as the list of
> Internet Media Types [MIME]."
> http://dublincore.org/documents/2012/06/14/dcmi-terms/?v=terms#terms-type
> "The nature or genre of the resource."
> "Recommended best practice is to use a controlled vocabulary such as
> the DCMI Type Vocabulary [DCMITYPE]. To describe the file format,
> physical medium, or dimensions of the resource, use the Format
> element."
> A fairly short list of DCMI Types seems to be at
> http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-type-vocabulary/#H6 (scroll down
> a bit...) or see also
> http://dublincore.org/documents/2000/07/11/dcmi-type-vocabulary/
> I didn't find a list yet corresponding to the granularity of Greg's
> request, but maybe I missed it. Tom, Stuart ... any pointers?
>> From Greg's mail...
> - Audio CD
> - Audiotape
> - Calculator
> - CD-I
> - CD-ROM
> - Diskette
> - Duplication Master
> - DVD/ Blu-ray
> - etc
> These seem closer to 'dc:format' to me, but also seem to emphasise
> supporting physical hardware - rather than types of media. I find it
> hard to think of 'Calculator' as a media type, for example.
> Greg, Suraiya, ... can you say a bit more about your usage scenario?
> What kind of record would 'Calculator' or 'Duplication Master' appear
> in, for example?
> cheers,
> Dan
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