A presentation of an ongoing "re-visioning" of traditional Cultural Heritage cataloging theory in terms of significant ideas from Physics, Anthropology, and Mathematics.
The lure of hierarchies for biological classification & cataloging is discussed, and the follow-on structure in Biology is introduced. Overlapping tree-like structures (e.g. subject headings) are better appreciated from a network perspective.
Many biologists are now consider hierarchies as non-reticulated networks.
This presentation revisits the benefits of borrowing ideas from the sciences in order to improve the ability to discuss simple and complex arrangements of resources and their descriptions. Also discussed is the development and use of a FRBR paper tool for depicting and reasoning about complex resource description scenarios.
What lies ahead for Cultural Heritage institutions whose roles are challenged by significant changes in modes of resource discovery and access?
• Slides# 2, 4
What is “complicated” and what is “practical” in a resource description context? Resource description theories and the Cultural Heritage professions that create them.
• Slides# 5-8