[Tdwg-lit] Boundaries: Levels 1 & 2
N.Thomson at nhm.ac.uk
Thu Mar 9 09:53:57 CET 2006
Anna & Chris,
The generation of Level 1 records is a possibility, although I'm not sure in which circumstances that would be used.
As I understood it, Level 1 was to be a citation and level 2 a full bibliographic record. If that is so, it would seem to make more sense to go in the opposite direction, so that the details of a publication could be tracked down from the citation for those that want to get them. The citation then has a resource discovery role, leading to richer data - a fairly common scenario. One of level 1 or 2 could usefully contain an LSID which would resolve to full text from (for example) the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) once it gets going, or to other sources of the digitised version.
Does that sound likely?
From: TDWG-Lit-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:TDWG-Lit-bounces at lists.tdwg.org]On Behalf Of Anna Weitzman
Sent: 08 March 2006 17:42
To: TDWG-Lit at lists.tdwg.org
Subject: [Tdwg-lit] Boundaries: Levels 1 & 2
In this and the next couple of messages, we're going to try to summarize what has been discussed so far and refocus the discussion somewhat.
There has been some level of discussion, especially from Donald, Gregor, and Roger about the form the standards should take. For now, we would like to leave that aside from this particular discussion as, I think we all agree, that seems to be a more generalized discussion that is going to affect all ongoing TDWG standards.
We think it would be more productive if the group puts its focus on contents of the standards rather than form at the current time.
It also appears that there is some confusion between what is included in levels 1 & 2. Level 1, as originally defined, is not intended to include metadata about the publication. To us that seems to include original language and translation/transliteration metadata which, while it is certainly relevant, might better be placed in level 2 with the rafts of other metadata. We can see an argument for inclusion of certain metadata in Level 1, although this goes against taxonomic custom and opens the door to adding lots of metadata to Level 1, which seems inappropriate.
That does bring up the issue of relationship between the two standards. Should one of the uses of Level 2 be the generation of Level 1 citation(s) in various languages which then tie back to metadata in Level 2 about the language used as well as all of the other level 2 metadata?
Anna & Chris
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