Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Re: [ACAT] RUK: The Maturing Threat of Open Access

Posting to Autocat

On 05/06/2012 17:29, Gene Fieg wrote:
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I noted that the each line had "dc:"  Does that stand for Dublin Core?  If it does, the future surely looks bleak.
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I guess so. But the record is still fully compliant. For instance, see the DC Guidelines http://dublincore.org/documents/usageguide/elements.shtml, and the main rule is that practically everything is allowed. In fact, the first rule is "Each element is optional and may be repeated." I have always claimed that this rule means that the entire Internet is DC compliant: everyone has just implemented the option to use none of the elements. :-)

But does this sort of record mean the future looks bleak? We could see it as a definite reason why expert metadata creators are needed. That's what I think it shows.

The OpenDOAR database allows you to search for repositories http://www.opendoar.org/find.php. Here is another DC record I found at random: http://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/4481500?show=full.

This one is a little better but still, no subjects, and the ampersand in the title makes me very suspicious. Still, when I search for title "Capitalism, economic growth and democracy" it still comes up so they must have written a script where & = and. Very good!

But his heading in the LC Authority file is different: Friedman, Benjamin M. http://lccn.loc.gov/n84014911

There's a lot of work to do, if catalogers decide to do it. Still, no matter what, I think *somebody* will clean it all up sooner or later since these examples can show how chaos threatens!

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