RDA-L Re: Re: Changes in RDA

Posting to RDA-L

On 13/10/2014 10.24, vries***.nl wrote:

LC practice/PCC practice (and Anglo-American practice in general) is to apply the alternative

I am very surprised by this and there goes the international aspirations of RDA!

Doesn’t the basic instruction regarding the recording of title imply to record what’s in the source, neither change, supply. or omit?

Exactly, so why this alternative?

As I wrote in an earlier post, this entire “problem” can and should be avoided once the emphasis of cataloging stops being placed on the creation of left-anchored text, but on adding the correct link for our linked data. http://blog.jweinheimer.net/2014/10/acat-rda-l-changes-in-rda.html

The example I gave was the book (in English) “The Swiss Family Robinson” which drops the initial article in English, but retains it in some other rules, as we see in the VIAF record.
xR Extended Titles-test
100 1 _ ‎‡a Wyss, J. D.‏ ‎‡0 (viaf)102332157‏ ‎‡t Swiss family robinson‏
National Library of Spain
100 1 _ ‎‡a Wyss, Johann David‏ ‎‡d 1743-1818‏ ‎‡t Der schweizerische Robinson‏
National Library of Australia
100 1 _ ‎‡a Wyss, Johann David,‏ ‎‡d 1743-1818.‏ ‎‡t Schweizerische Robinson‏
National Library of France
240 _ _ ‎‡a Wyss‏ ‎‡b Johann David‏ ‎‡f 1743-1818‏ ‎‡t Der Schweizerische Robinson‏
Library of Congress/NACO
100 1 0 ‎‡a Wyss, Johann David,‏ ‎‡d 1743-1818.‏ ‎‡t Schweizerische Robinson‏

which have different forms of personal names and different titles. In the wonderful world of linked data that the cataloging world is aiming for, there will be this link: http://viaf.org/viaf/176999342 and the display can be any, or even all of these headings, displayed however someone could want.

We can compare this to even more forms found in dbpedia that use initial articles http://dbpedia.org/page/The_Swiss_Family_Robinson (scroll down to the section owl.sameAs) (I personally think we should always be comparing our practices to the more public tools–especially dbpedia–but that is another matter)

Once all of that is done, the next question is: how will the public find this title? Just as they do now in tools such as Wikipedia. If they search “swiss family robinson” or “the swiss family robinson” it is all keyword and it makes no real difference.

Of course, all of this assumes that the links are inserted–correctly, consistently and by everyone–(wow! What an assumption!)–and that systems exist that allow the public to use all of this. I admit that creating and managing all of that will take quite some time and will cost quite a bit of money.