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Re: Library data is expressed primarily as text strings

From: Emmanuelle Bermes <manue@figoblog.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:38:56 +0200
Message-ID: <CAODLZ4ikd+jAup59bBmd9-1tKj7yGdADewe6eZMORL2qc28oTQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl>
Cc: public-xg-lld@w3.org
I feel exactly the same about this section, and though I've tried to
re-write it a little, it is still too strong in my opinion. I'm very
much in favor of merging the 2 sections !


On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM, Antoine Isaac <aisaac@few.vu.nl> wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/index.php?title=Draft_issues_page_take2&oldid=6141#Library_data_is_expressed_primarily_as_text_strings
> 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?
> Antoine
>> 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
>>     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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