On Saturday 21 August 2004 16:58, Francois Lachance wrote:
> I ask this question because it appears to me that the examples used
> to present the proposal assume that relationship is best encoded
> through nesting of elements. Can the purpose of the proposal be
> narrowed to the question: how best to encode bibliographic records
> so that the relationships between bibliographic elements are
> represented by nesting?
> I stress the ontology question. It could very well be that what is
> aimed at is not necessarily a listing of bibliographic entries
> gathered in a <listBibl> element but a list of <cit> elements. What
> looks like a bibliographic record could conceivably be approached
> from and encoding perspective as a citation especially if the
> objective is to capture intertextual relations.
The aim of our group was indeed to model bibliographic items (books,
articles, series, journals, etc.) and their (potentially recursive)
relationships (e.g. 'is contained in', 'is a reprint of', 'is a
review of') in a uniform way.
In the proposed solution, 'top-level' bibliographic items are
represented by <biblItem>. Those <biblItem>s can be used where
<biblStruct> and <bibl> are appropriate; in particular, they can be
children of <listBibl>.
A bibliographic item directly related to the <biblItem> (e.g. a
containing book, a journal, a series, the original of a reprint, or
the work reviewed) is specified by a <relatedBiblItem> child. A
<relatedBiblItem> in turn can nest further <relatedBiblItem>s.
In addition to the marking up of individual bibliographies, we also
wanted to provide a suitable data model for 'bibliographic databases'
(collections of bibliographic items) from which particular
bibliographies are automatically generated (recall the BibTeX
approach). As such 'databases' can grow quite large, their
maintenance requires a modular design, allowing for storing the
information about a particular bibliographic item in one place only.
Therefore, a <relatedBiblItem> occurrence can either be used as a
container element for the bibliographic information of a related
bibliographic item, or as a pointer to a related <biblItem> in the
same or a different file. In the latter case, <relatedBiblItem> has a
"target" or "url" attribute and only <biblScope> children, if any.
Andreas Nolda http://www2.hu-berlin.de/linguistik/institut/nolda/
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philosophische Fakultät II
Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik