The FRBR model indeed includes relationships to cover prequels, works
about this work, etc. Many others.
The FRBR model does not only include the relationships "This work
includes these expressions; this expression includes these
manifestations" etc. It also includes a variety of relationships between
one work and another; and between one expression/manifestation and
another (either of the same work or not).
I think these are in fact just as important as the
work->expression->manifestation structure that people are more focused on.
However, it must be said that these relationships especially are really
just an initial sketch, really just a suggestion. The exact
relationships that the current FRBR draft outlines are not neccesarily
the right ones. They need to be analyzed, they need to be tested. More
work needs to be done. But that's not going to be done until people
realize this is a part of the FRBR model in the first place! That the
FRBR model is NOT just about work sets.
I highly recommend reading the actual FRBR report. It is in fact quite
readable and fairly easy to understand. Chapters 3 through 5 are where
the model that has become known as "FRBR" is specified. PDF and HTML
Kevin Kierans wrote:
> It is sad that people need convincing.
> We (a public library) are paying good money
> for "enhanced content" which provides some
> "extra stuff" not in the catalogue. So we
> know the public wants to know more than what is
> in the catalogue.
> Perhaps someone who knows more about it could answer:
> I was thinking that a patron staring at a catalog
> record in an OPAC might be interested in how this
> particular record relates to others. How far does
> FRBR go in "relates to others?" Does it include,
> for example, letting the patron know about a prequel,
> about a second series, other works _about_ this work,
> or does it only do editions,
> formats and stop there?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> Jonathan Rochkind
> Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:39 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] OpenFRBR
> I think you are better off designing for real cases than made up ones.
> But I think you can find a real one that meets all the criteria you want
> anyway---doesn't Harry Potter fit that description of your made up book?
> Lord of the Rings is another good one. What's the point of a made up one?
> The point of a real one, especially such a popular one as Harry Potter,
> is in part to convince people that this really does have practical
> implications, it really does matter for actual things that actual people
> are concerned with, not just for hypothetical cases intentionally made
> up to be as complicated as possible.
> We're still at the stage, sadly, where many people need to be convinced
> that there is in fact a problem that the FRBR model, or the types of
> displays you are talking about, can be part of the solution for.
> Kevin Kierans wrote:
>> I like the idea of playing with what the
>> customer/patron will see. The display, that
>> is. Harry Potter is good. But I'd like to
>> suggest a made up creature:
>> The Furbur Wars by Manifest Work
>> It is part of two series : like the Thomas Covenant series
>> That it has a "The Hobbit" type prequel, not quite
>> in the series, but patrons should be told about it.
>> It can be found bound individually, or included in the entire series.
>> It has the large print, movie (DVD and VHS), talking book (
>> abridged and unabridged), how the movie was made photograph book....
>> Many books about the book (literary criticism)
>> Let's try and make this as hard as possible. Once we decide
>> what we should then show the patron/customer who might send
>> a single isbn to OpenFRBR, then we can talk about the DB structure
>> that might do things behind the scenes...
>> What do you think?
> Jonathan Rochkind
> Sr. Programmer/Analyst
> The Sheridan Libraries
> Johns Hopkins University
> rochkind (at) jhu.edu
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