1. Asaf Bartov said,

    Yes. FRBR is all over this. These “things” are 3rd-order entities in FRBR, being specified by the FRSAR sub-spec. Admittedly, it’s the least concrete of the FRBR family specs, but then it’s the hardest to model; it pretty much means modeling the world, after all.

    But still, when we have huge federated FRBRized übercatalogs, searching using these entities can be quite effective.

    Incidentally, FRBR 1st-order entities can also be things, in the sense that other 1st-order entities can be _about_ them. E.g. a doctoral dissertation on Hamlet is a work W1 that _is about_ a different work W2 (Shakespeare’s Hamlet). Then there’s that thesis on this particular translation of Hamlet into Finnish, which would be a work W3 that _is about_ a particular expression E of the work W2. Etc. etc.

    (can you tell FRBR rocks my world?)

    • Andromeda said,

      FRBR is pretty rocking. (And I *have* heard about it in library school. 😉 I don’t know what the nth-order idea is that you and he allude to, though — got anything more to say on that?

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