This presentation introduces a Cultural Heritage resource description theory – a set of concepts, rules, and principles regarding the creation of resource descriptions in Cultural Heritage institutions. Acquisition of and familiarity with these concepts, etc. is intended to precede and inform information system design and implementation activities. We assert that persons conversant at this level of thinking about Cultural Heritage resources and their description will find it possible to:
• Assign high-level, culturally relevant meanings to data structures and metadata currently created and managed by and other information systems.
• Propose levels and types of resource descriptions that can serve Cultural Heritage missions more comprehensively.
• Identify the relationships between this approach to resource description and those advanced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
What constitutes a modern approach to bibliographic resource description (AKA cataloging)?
• Slides# 12-27
Challenging assumptions – Why is the FRBR conceptual model is assumed to be hierarchical when the model itself is not? An exploration of hierarchical/tree and network structures before and after Darwin. (A treatment of the FRBR conceptual model’s network structure will be found in a following presentation.)
• Slides# 28-62
How do FRBR entities distinguish and separate the different types of information found in a typical catalog record?
• Slides# 63-80
How to begin to imagine and discuss the potentially complex resource network structures that are created by FRBR-style resource description?
• Slides# 81-113
How to depict and reason about simple and complex resource/description networks?
• Slides# 114-168
What can resource description diagrams reveal about extremely complex publication histories?
• Slides# 169-216
(For a fuller appreciation of this exemplar, return to it after reviewing more of the other Ron Murray presentations.)
The depiction of a portion of the publishing history of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick yields a resource description network whose multilevel aggregate structure can be shown to evolve over time. Diagrams can be drawn that emphasize or deemphasize temporal and/or structural aspects of FRBR-style resource description.