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Kevin Ford
Kevin Ford

There's An Ambiguous Road Sign that Reads 'bibframe' and a Fork in the Road. Do You Take It?

Wednesday 10 February 2016, 16:20 - 17:30
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Kevin Ford


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The Bibframe ontology contains minimally 3 forks, independent projects begun with a copy of an existing project and no assumption that changes in the new fork can be merged with its root. What produced this fragmentation? Are differences reconcilable? If so, by what means? If not, what are the alternatives? Is Bibframe's stricture to produce a single RDF model causing more problems than it solves? This talk will explore these questions, discussing how this fragmented reality emerged when the primary - if not singular - objective is to create a data model and format the library community could embrace with the same fidelity MARC has enjoyed for nearly 50 years.


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