Proposal: Additional terms for Base Material in RDA and Applied Material in RDA

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6 Responses to Proposal: Additional terms for Base Material in RDA and Applied Material in RDA

  1. Dominique Bourassa says:

    I don’t know much about this topic. Nevertheless, this proposal seems to be a reasonable and useful addition to the current terms.

  2. Kathy Glennan says:

    The JSC will need to reconcile the proposed Glossary definitions with those that need to be developed to support the terms in the current

    One question I have now: how do “nitrate” (on that list) and “celluloid” (defined for the Glossary as “… material of cellulose nitrate”) differ? Is it the “plasticized with camphor” part?

    • John Myers says:

      Perusing Wikipedia doesn’t clarify the issue. Celluloid appears to be a slightly more generic term. The camphor bit appears to be a characteristic of celluloid compounds generally.

  3. Kathy Glennan says:

    In the recommendations section (p. 1), the WG notes that they did not propose adding “acetate” and “polyester” to because “plastic” will suffice.

    If the JSC accepts the recommendations in 6JSC/BL/16, “acetate” and “polyester” will be moved to Currently, there are no proposed definitions for these term in the Glossary; however, they will need to be developed. In doing so, the JSC may need to review the proposed definitions in consultation with the WG to ensure that the definitions are framed appropriately (either to include or exclude the relationship to open reel magnetic tapes).

    • John Myers says:

      I agree that BL/16 is an important consideration in reviewing this proposal. If BL/16 is approved then the assumption that plastic is adequate, without the need to differentiate acetate and polyester bases, will need to be re-examined. Clear, usable definitions will need to be developed for non-specialists. Leeway in the rules for different communities to apply different degrees of specificity would likely be beneficial also.

  4. Steve Kelley says:

    Like Dominique, I don’t know much about the topic, but the proposal seems reasonable.

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