Posting to RDA-L
On 11/26/2012 05:49 PM, Brenndorfer, Thomas wrote:
Enriched content added to catalogs already can do similar things, such as immediate access to reviews and related readers advisory services. The question is: how do we make our data even more amenable to these user-friendly services.
In addition, the roles people play are already meticulously recorded in a variety of notes in catalog records. So, yes, the implication is that catalog records often do have the answers or details that may exist elsewhere.
Of course, the fact that a search for Clint Eastwood as a film director
will not retrieve 99.99% of the resources where he was the film
director–that is, without massive edits of the millions of records in
our databases–is neither here nor there. This fact shouldn’t be
discussed. The theory is far more important than what people experience.
Yes, it would be nice if we could click our fingers and have Clint
Eastwood’s headings magically add “film director” to the records where
he was a director, as with all the other actors and editors and
illustrators and what not, adding all their relator codes on all the
zillions of other headings.
Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way and we should not pretend
that just by adding the relator codes to the new records people will be
able to find what libraries have with Eastwood as a director. The public
will find out soon enough. And who will get hurt? The people who search
for Eastwood as a film director and get bogus results, plus the
catalogers who will get blamed by everybody for making a lousy catalog
that actually decreases access while the catalogers insist that they
are increasing access. Ha! Ha!
As I mentioned in a previous post, it is not the idea of linked data to
make your data obsolete–it is to enhance your data by sharing it with
others in various, useful ways.