[openbiblio-dev] UI experiment - Bibliographica

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Tue Jan 4 14:58:44 UTC 2011

Quoting William Waites <ww at eris.okfn.org>:

> * [2011-01-04 12:13:13 +0000] Richard Pope <richard at memespring.co.uk> écrit:
> ] Don't worry, it's just for mockup purposes / to try out ideas.
> Sure, just wanted to point that out.
> But on the question of mapping, what location data we have is mostly
> for the place of publication. That's not so interesting.  What would
> be more interesting might be, considering works of fiction, the
> setting. But we don't have this information. So the question is how
> might we best collect it?

There is place information for some fiction, presumably coming out of  
library data:


Because subjects are at the work level in OL, you could retrieve  
places from the work for any edition.

One of the issues for fiction, of course, is fictitious places, which  
are notoriously hard to map :-). Library subject headings distinguish  
between real and not real:

Discworld (Imaginary place)

LibraryThing has a data element for users to add place information,  
but I don't think it distinguishes between real and not real places.


> And this is just one example, there is an unlimited amount of other
> metadata like this that we want to collect, how do we do this? How do
> we collect not just the data but the relationship of the data to the
> entity on the screen in a consistent and natural way?
> When I first tried to make an editing interface for Bibliographica I
> encountered a tradeoff: either the user needs to know much more than
> is reasonable about the structure of the data they are editing and we
> have a generic interface or we need to make lots o specific little
> special purpose interfaces for each relationship we
> contemplate. Can you find the sweet spot in this tradeoff?
> -w
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