Achieving the functions of a
Uniform title, without a
Uniform title?
Jenn Riley
Indiana University Digital Library Program...
My perspective
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Familiar with American cataloging practice
Work heavily outside of MARC
Focus on metadata interopera...
Current environment
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Increasingly advanced retrieval systems
Increase in metadata not in MARC/AACR
Development of RD...
Functions of a Uniform title
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Collocation
Disambiguation
Often poses as a work identifier
Convenient label
Factors affecting the syntax of a Uniform
title
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Structure
Policy
Collocation and disambiguation
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Still essential functions of a catalog(ue)
Uniform titles originally achieved th...
Matching a query to a work
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No longer acceptable to expect a user to type
in the exactly correct string in order to g...
Work identifiers
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Uniform titles are not consistently work
identifiers
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Selections
arr.
Etc…

Need to move towa...
Display issues
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Need a compact label to display to users to help
them identify the correct work
This label doesn’t...
Some (incomplete) display possibilities
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Parts and arrangements, current
Parts and arrangements, possible
Further ch...
Functions of a Uniform title, revisited
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Collocation
Disambiguation
Often poses as a work identifier
Convenient l...
Thank you!
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jenlrile@indiana.edu
These presentation slides:
<http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~jenlrile/presentations/iaml2...
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Riley, Jenn. "Achieving the functions of a Uniform title, without a Uniform title?" International Association of Music Libraries Archives and Documentation Centres Annual Conference 2006, June 18-23, 2006.

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Achieving the functions of a Uniform title, without a Uniform title?

  1. 1. Achieving the functions of a Uniform title, without a Uniform title? Jenn Riley Indiana University Digital Library Program IAML Annual Conference June 22, 2006
  2. 2. My perspective    Familiar with American cataloging practice Work heavily outside of MARC Focus on metadata interoperability
  3. 3. Current environment    Increasingly advanced retrieval systems Increase in metadata not in MARC/AACR Development of RDA Now is the time to step back and think about Uniform titles. What are their functions, and are current practices the best way to achieve those functions?
  4. 4. Functions of a Uniform title     Collocation Disambiguation Often poses as a work identifier Convenient label
  5. 5. Factors affecting the syntax of a Uniform title   Structure Policy
  6. 6. Collocation and disambiguation     Still essential functions of a catalog(ue) Uniform titles originally achieved these goals by generating a (pseudo) unique name-title combination, and using that string for (most) every occurrence of that work Relational databases and related technologies can achieve these goals with back end structure, regardless of the form of the name-title string Many ILS have made the switch, transparently to catalogers
  7. 7. Matching a query to a work   No longer acceptable to expect a user to type in the exactly correct string in order to get the right results Many strategies must work together to match queries to the correct work:    Authority files Matching algorithms from the IR community Disambiguation steps
  8. 8. Work identifiers  Uniform titles are not consistently work identifiers     Selections arr. Etc… Need to move towards:   System for true work identifiers (a [uniform] title could be simply a label) Encoding relationships between works
  9. 9. Display issues    Need a compact label to display to users to help them identify the correct work This label doesn’t necessarily have to be stored; could be generated when the page is rendered Elements users need to see may depend on:      Search conducted Type of work Types of resources matched Scope of catalog Will require structural changes to catalog beyond just Uniform titles
  10. 10. Some (incomplete) display possibilities    Parts and arrangements, current Parts and arrangements, possible Further choices after selecting a work    Instrumentation and format Add choice of language Catalog displays must be flexible!
  11. 11. Functions of a Uniform title, revisited     Collocation Disambiguation Often poses as a work identifier Convenient label This label can be anything we want; use as much or as little from current Uniform title practice as we like
  12. 12. Thank you!   jenlrile@indiana.edu These presentation slides: <http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~jenlrile/presentations/iaml2006/uniformTitles.ppt>

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