Proposal to add the elements “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” to RDA

CC:DA/3R Task Force-ARLIS/NA/2020/1
June 30, 2020

Proposal to add the elements “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” to RDA

Submitted by Andrea Puccio, Chair, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) &

Robert Maxwell, Chair, CC:DA 3R Project Task Force

Related documentation: Fast track proposal regarding the relationship designator curator

Abstract: Add the element sets “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” as narrower elements to “related work of agent” and “related agent of work” to describe curators who play a role at the work level. 

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4 Responses to Proposal to add the elements “curator agent of work” and “curator agent of work of” to RDA

  1. Thomas Dousa says:

    Here are two picayune editorial comments regarding the wording of individual passages in the current text of the proposal:

    1. At page 3, fourth bullet point from bottom, we read the following: “Some languages use different terms for curators who play a role at the item level from those who play a role at the work level. In French, for instance the curator of an item is a “conservateur,” while the curator of an exhibition is a “commissaire d’exposition.” We bring this up not because we are overly concerned but to underline the fact that there are different meanings behind these terms and that they refer to different functions.” The wording near the beginning fo the ultimate sentence in this passage — “We bring this up not because we are overly concerned but …” raises a question in the mind of the reader: “not overly concerned about what?” Presumably, something like “the niceties of French lexicography” or similar. I recommend making the object of (non-)concern specific here, since that would strengthen the rhetorical impact of the sentence and so help drive home the central argument of this bulletpoint: that the term “curator” can, in different contexts, take different meanings, some of which associate curators with works and others with items.

    2. In the final line of page 7 occurs the phrase “… any future Event Collective Agent entity that may be created in the future”, where the word “future” — used first as an adjective and then as a noun — is used redundantly. The simplest course of editorial action to take here would be to remove the adjective “future” from the noun phrase “future Event Collective Agent entity”.

  2. Dominique Bourassa says:

    As I mentioned during the meeting yesterday, this is what the second shortcut should say:

    1. Work [exhibition catalogue]: description of item – for an item in an exhibition
    2. Item [item in an exhibition]: curator agent – for an agent who conceives or manages the aggregation of an item in an exhibition

    and

    1. Work [collection catalogue]: description of item – for an item in a collection
    2. Item [item in a collection]: curator agent – for an agent who conceives or manages the aggregation of an item in a collection

  3. Keith Knop says:

    MLA generally supports the proposal. We would be happy to see more agents and shortcuts that are explicitly associated with aggregating works and aggregates since those often involve many indirect but bibliographically significant relationships.

  4. Ryan Tamares says:

    Comment from AALL:

    Wherein we would traditionally use relationship terms under a generic 700 term in MARC (which will still continue for some time), this direction seems to imply that the narrower relationship element itself would help define these entity relationships between agents and works. This would be best realized in RDF cataloging if BIBFRAME allowed for more narrow terms itself so that we could define these relationships between agents and works implicitly WITHOUT having to add terms from the relator term list. Perhaps once application profiles for relevant material types are better integrated with MARC or RDF platforms for cataloging, then maybe this will make things more efficient.

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