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Title:Three of the Four FRBR Group 1 Entity Types are Roles, not Types
Author(s):Renear, Allen H.; Dubin, David
humanities computing
digital humanities
information science
conceptual modeling
data modeling
digital asset management
Abstract:We examine the conceptual model of the “bibliographic universe” presented in IFLA’s Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and argue, applying ontology design recommendations proposed by N. Guarino and C. Welty, that three of the four Group 1 entity types are more accurately conceptualized as roles. We show how this approach may generalize the solution to a previously identified puzzle regarding the FRBR entity type of XML documents and speculate as to the sorts of entities that might take on these roles. This view of bibliographic entities, that they are roles that other things have in particular social contexts is consistent with John Searle's notion of a cascade of social facts established through collective intentionality. We allow that even if our analysis is correct the current FRBR approach may be preferable as there are good reasons for “denormalized ontologies” that treat roles as types, particularly when the objective is not a general ontology, but a practical conceptual model.
Issue Date:2007
Publisher:The American Society for Information Science & Technology
Citation Info:In Grove, Andrew, Ed. Proceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society
Series/Report:Proceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-10-12

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