bibliographic records, Semantic Web, linked data, library cataloging
Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science
A bibliographic record is a conceptual whole that includes all bibliographic information about a resource together in one place. With the Semantic Web, individual data statements are linked across the web. This position article argues that the traditional conceptualization of bibliographic records affects the affordances and limitations of that data. A historical analysis of the development of bibliographic records contrasted with the Semantic Web model reveals how the “record” model shaped library cataloging and the implications on library catalogs today. Reification of the record model for bibliographic data hampers possibilities for innovation in cataloging, inspiring a reconceptualization of bibliographic description.
Clarke, Rachel I., "Breaking Records: The History of Bibliographic Records and Their Influence in Conceptualizing Bibliographic Data" (2014). School of Information Studies: Faculty Scholarship. 170.
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