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Subject: Bib context set
Given the profusion of national bibliographical identifier schemes, making bib.identifierAuthority have a limited vocabulary is not going to scale, and it would be useful to allow ad hoc registration of new authorities with LoC. Just as info-uri does. In fact, there's no reason why the info-uri listing of identifier schemes cannot be used in toto here. I can see a use for part index modifiers. Journals often have "New series" for their issue numbers, indicating they've started counting from 1 again; the current scheme does not differentiate between new series and old series numbering. (The alternative is to make "1 NS" a distinct bib.volume index entry from "1".) Numbers in a monograph series are indicated by bib.titleSeries=/ bib.portion=partNum nnn ? The redundancy of bib.role=author/bib.roleAuthority=marcrelator vs. dc.creator is messy, although given that MARC already has both creators and authors, no messier than what is already in place. The restriction of subject classes to Place, Title, Name and Occupation looks unmotivated. Why not for instance Curriculum Objective, which is also a MARC index term, or chronological terms, also in MARC? Dates would be more usefully refined by modifier than by separate index (as is done for bib.name), since the date is being specialised from a default entry. In fact, I'd argue the same for subjects. The example bib.edition=canadian is surely misleading: that's bib.originPlace (for the publication, since this is bibligraphic information), and a proper example would be bib.edition=9 -- Dr Nick Nicholas [Stephen] King published _The Green Mile_ as Link Affiliates, the first serialized novel since the 1920s, Melbourne, in a gesture that was meant to recall the Australia. serial work of Dickens. No doubt, King is the skype:opoudjis Dickens this century deserves. email@example.com -- Richard von Busack, _Metro Santa Cruz_, http://www.opoudjis.net Dec. 8-15 1999, p. 29.