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RE: [open-bibliography] ANN: British National Bibliography

From: Deliot, Corine <Corine.Deliot@bl.uk>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:51:01 -0000
Message-ID: <19BB7EB59CBC594D8DD9F3ACA1EB24A201538D55@w2k3-bspex2.ad.bl.uk>
To: "List for Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data" <open-bibliography@lists.okfn.org>, "Peter Murray-Rust" <pm286@cam.ac.uk>
Cc: <public-lod@w3.org>, "William Waites" <ww@eris.okfn.org>, <public-xg-lld@w3.org>

I've investigated this issue. As William points out, this has to do with the source data, not the RDF/XML representation or the conversion.

The record you found was created prior to publication for the British National Bibliography (BNB), on the assumption that it would be published in the UK and would be part of the Library's legal deposit intake. It may worth pointing out that records created prior to publication, on the basis of information provided by the publisher, sometimes contain inaccurate data.

The item was however published in the United States and was ineligible for the BNB. The BL subsequently purchased this item; this has been catalogued and correctly attributed. When I searched our "Search our catalogue" under the title "Presenting XML", your book was the first hit.

We will take steps to delete the incorrect record from our catalogue but it will remain in our rdf/xml dataset until we update this data. William may want to delete it from his version of our data set. 

Hope this helps. 


Corine Deliot
Metadata Standards Analyst
The British Library
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ
e-mail: corine.deliot@bl.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: open-bibliography-bounces@lists.okfn.org [mailto:open-bibliography-bounces@lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Richard Light
Sent: 2010-11-22 17:34
To: Peter Murray-Rust
Cc: public-lod@w3.org; William Waites; List for Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data; public-xg-lld@w3.org
Subject: Re: [open-bibliography] ANN: British National Bibliography

In message 
<AANLkTik=wVZxFoV7=Ro6UM68+cE8_V-ZHPravxKTnBzH@mail.gmail.com>, Peter 
Murray-Rust <pm286@cam.ac.uk> writes
>On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM, Richard Light <
>richard@light.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>  But is it reliable?  I looked up the book I wrote (Presenting XML, SAMS
>  Net, 1997) and find that it claims it was written by Laura Alschuler.
>  How did that happen?
>Richard - we all expect errors in the Bibliography and it's a brave venture
>by the BL to put it out. I expect that it will be a data entry error at some
>stage in the past. the important thing is to develop a culture where the
>identification of errors is welcomed. 

Absolutely, though lets hope it's a random error and not something 
systematic.  I went to download the file in question to have a look, but 
as it's a 450MB XML document, which Firefox is gallantly trying to load 
for me to read, I suspect I will fail.  Any chance of these resources 
being offered as zip files?

Richard Light

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