Re: RDA as the collaboratively created way forward[?]; was Is RDA the Only Way? An Alternative Option Through International Cooperation

Posting to RDA-L

On 15/02/2012 18:24, Brenndorfer, Thomas wrote:


Of course I have read the documents, and much, much more besides. I understand RDA and FRBR,

 If you remove the FRBR tasks from an Amazon page you will have a blank page. Remove identifying elements (title, author, publisher, ISBN). Remove selecting elements (format, language, reviews, extent) Remove finding elements (anything used in a keyword search; all related links functions) Removing obtaining elements (price, link to Add to Cart) If you remove the FRBR tasks from a library catalog page, you will likewise have a blank page. …

If you remove the FRBR user tasks from Google, you still have Google. If you remove them from Google Books you still have Google Books. If you remove them from YouTube you still have YouTube. If you remove them from Bing, you still have Bing. And on and on. And people will still prefer them to our tools. I wonder why?

Many of the elements you mention: ISBN, publisher, extent are needed by very, very few users and are primarily needed for library inventory purposes. Besides, the very task of “finding” is becoming completely different in our information environment, as I discussed at length in one of my podcasts. We really need to recognize this, stop insisting on old ways and understanding only the FRBR hammer so that everything absolutely must look like a nail.

My point once again, is that what are called the FRBR user tasks are far less important to our *users* than to *us* (although they are important to us), therefore the focus on making our catalogs more “FRBR-friendly” in today’s environment will do much less good for our *users* than comparable work in many other areas.

But I tire of stating the same points over and over again.