[Crm-sig] Relations between information objects

Dieter Köhler d.k at philo.de
Mon Jan 14 20:03:10 EET 2008

Dear all,

Firstly, thanks to João Alberto de Oliveira Lima 
and Martin Doerr for pointing me to the FRBRoo ontology!

"R58 is derivative of (has derivative)" is 
perhaps a good candidate for what I am looking 
for.  However, I am not sure whether the 
intention of this predicate really applies to 
transcriptions.  The definition of the predicate 
states that it applies where one work "modifies 
the content of another" work.  The examples 
suggest that this involves quite some substantial 
modifications.  But a transcription aims to 
preserve the essentials of its source in respect 
to its 'content'.  So it seems to me that "R65 is 
realised in (realises)" might be a better choice.

That leaves me with two subsequent problems:

a) I do not only want to make statements about 
complete works, but about parts of works 
(individual pages or paragraphs that re-appear in 
the text of other manuscripts).  However, the 
domains and ranges of most of the FRBRoo 
ontology's predicates are whole "F1 works", "F20 
Self-Contained Expressions", etc.  Would it not 
make more sense to broaden the scope of these 
predicates so that they are applicable to all "E28 Conceptual Objects"?

b) Often editions do not represent a 
transcription of a single manuscript but a 
standardized text according to some editorial 
principles based on multiple somewhat divergent 
sources.  In this case, "R65 is realised in 
(realises)" would be not accurate enough to 
describe the relation between the standardized 
text and its multiple sources, because the range 
must be broader than a single "F20 Self-contained Expression".


Dieter Köhler

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