Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Re: multipart monographs

Posting to Autocat

In MARC, the only ways to handle these sorts of items are either as collected items brought together purposely by the publisher (normally one record with various 246/7xx/740 with different notes) or brought together after publication by the binder and then handled as bound withs (handled as separate records with various linking mechanisms).

In a non-MARC world however, there should be other possibilities, e.g.
in XML, you could have something like:
<record>
<collection>
<part>
<author></author>
<title></title>
<publication></publication>
...
</part>
<part>
<author></author>
<title></title>
<publication></publication>
...
</part>
</collection>
</record>

Playing with FRBR, you could even have:
<record>
<item>
<part>
<work>
<author></author>
<title></title>
</work>
<expression></expression>
<manifestation>
<publication></publication>
</manifestation>
...
</part>
<part>
<work>
<author></author>
<title></title>
</work>
<expression></expression>
<manifestation>
<publication></publication>
</manifestation>
...
</part>
</item>
</record>

I hesitate to consider how all of this could be with the various types of nebulous, ever-changing online resources that most probably will make our current structures look like child's play. The online world tends to disintegrate resources that previously were whole and this will have consequences.

Somehow we need to devise some kind of structure that will be relatively easy for people create and then to share with others.

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