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Katalogen som tolkningsredskap: Bibliografiska relationer i Resource Description and Access (RDA), med särskild hänsyn till operationaliseringsproblem
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Catalog as Interpretative Tool : Bibliographic Relationships in Resource Description and Access (RDA), with Special Regard to Problems of Operationalization (English)
Abstract [en]

The new cataloging code Resource Description and Access (RDA) provides a system of instructions for recording relationships between related resources by means of a controlled vocabulary of relationship designators. The purpose of this two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies is to examine the construction of this system, as well as its theoretical foundation. One theoretical point of departure is the necessity of operational definitions for consistent identification of bibliographic relationships. Another such point of departure is that the theoretical model on which RDA is based (the FRBR model) is not a complete description of the biblio­graphic universe, but merely a limited representation of a set of assumptions about that universe.

The thesis first examines Barbara B. Tillett's and Richard P. Smiraglia's theories and taxonomies of bibliographic relationships. The analysis shows that, in spite of their claims to provide a theoretical basis for consistent treatment of bibliographic relationships, neither Tillett nor Smiraglia offers operationally applicable definitions.

The thesis then turns to RDA in order to examine the instructions and the list of relationship designators. After an introductory survey of RDA chapters 24 to 28, the possibility to record relationship designators at different entity levels is discussed. Remarkably, RDA neither provides instructions for how to choose between the entity levels, nor does it point out what this choice signifies.

Finally, a selection of relationship designators representing content relationships is examined. The selected designators are analysed and compared to corresponding categories in literary theorist Gérard Genette's attempt to classify intertextual relationships. The analysis shows that though some of the selected designators are satisfactorily operationalized, most are not.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 100 p.
Keyword [en]
Resource description & access, Descriptive cataloging, FRBR (Conceptual model), Intertextuality
Keyword [sv]
Katalogisering, Katalogiseringsregler, FRBR, Intertextualitet
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201088Local ID: 598OAI: diva2:625911
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-05 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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