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Re: Library data is expressed primarily as text strings

From: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:00:05 +0200
Message-ID: <4E648185.7060607@few.vu.nl>
To: public-xg-lld@w3.org
Bouncing on that thread, I'd like to mention that the section immediately following this one, "Library controlled vocabularies are expressed as text strings", is slightly redundant, see:

I'm also not fond of the heading "Library controlled vocabularies are expressed as text strings": the vocabularies as a whole are expressed as structured data, even though this data relies  on strings, mostly...

Is there any objection to my trying to merge the two in the coming hours?


> I found the point "Library data is expressed primarily as text strings" to be
> vague as written, so I have sharpened the point [1] to emphasize the difference
> between "unique alphanumeric strings" such as ISBNs and "display-oriented text"
> such as "words and names".  Please read the following paragraph and raise a
> flag if I have somehow "overinterpreted"...:
>      Most information in library data is encoded as display-oriented text
>      strings. Some of the resource identifiers used in library data are based on
>      unique alphanumeric strings, such as ISBNs for books, but most
>      identification is done using words and names.  Some data fields in MARC
>      records are coded uniquely, but there is no clear incentive to include
>      these in all records as few of them are used for library-system functions.
>      Some data fields, such as authority-controlled names and subjects, have
>      associated records in separate files, and these records have identifiers
>      that could be used to represent those entities in library metadata;
>      however, the data formats in current use do not always support inclusion of
>      these identifiers in records, so many of today's library systems do not
>      properly support their use.
> Note "authority-controlled" with hyphen.
> Tom
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/index.php?title=Draft_issues_page_take2&diff=6098&oldid=6090
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