On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 2:26 PM, Karen Coyle <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> But this gets really head-bangingly hard pretty quickly. Just to say
> that we should not assume that FRBR actually works with real data - it
> was never tested as such.

Which raises the question of why we as a profession pay as much attention
to it as we do?

Good models explain the real world and help people clarify things in their
own minds -- FRBR doesn't qualify.

Despite countless articles, books, presentations, classes, etc on the
subject over the past 20 years, FRBR confuses staff of all levels and
seasoned professionals get bogged down applying it to garden variety
situations. In a best case scenario, using FRBR to help someone understand
bibilographic relations is like using OSI to teach someone how web apps
work -- and I don't think we're looking at a best case scenario.... ;)