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FRBR: The Way Forward

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FRBR: kolejne kroki
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Objective – This paper is a presentation of several issues – including user provided data on relationships and attributes, frbrisation, harmonisation of various models and display of bibliographic data – that have been hindering the full adoption of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model as the basis of cataloguing. It also serves as an introduction to the complexity of bibliographic data that is often disregarded in texts on FRBR. Research method – Results of several of our studies using a wide range of methods are included to corroborate the statements in this presentation of current state of affairs. Results and conclusions – The paper provides research based hints towards solution of the identified issues, while pointing out possible problems along the way.
Teza/cel artykułu – W artykule przedstawiono szereg zagadnień – dane uzyskane od użytkowników na temat relacji i atrybutów, eferberyzację, harmonizację wielu modeli oraz prezentację danych bibliograficznych – które utrudniają pełne zastosowanie konceptualnego modelu FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) jako podstawy katalogowania. Artykuł stanowi także wprowadzenie do zagadnienia kompleksowości danych bibliograficznych, często ignorowanego w publikacjach dotyczących FRBR. Metoda badań – Do potwierdzenia tez przedstawionych w niniejszym artykule użyto wyników szeregu badań przeprowadzonych przy użyciu wielu metod. Wyniki i wnioski – W artykule zawarto sugestie rozwiązania zaprezentowanych problemów i wskazano na możliwe skutki uboczne ich zastosowania.
Physical description
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  • Aalberg, Trond; Žumer Maja (2013). The value of MARC data, or, challenges of frbrisation, "Journal of Documentation", no. 69 (6), pp. 851-872.
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