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Comment #00334 - minimal metadata insufficient - rp-19-201x_ODI_draft_for_comments_final.pdf (revision #2)

Comment 334
New (Unresolved)
NISO RP-19-201x, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (draft for comments) (Revision 2)
Comment Submitted by
Melissa Belvadi
2013-10-25 06:51:23

The table 1 and table 2 examples are insufficient to be acceptable minimal metadata. For example, the article/document example is obviously missing the name of the journal. A minimum acceptable record needs to have all of the elements required by the major citation styles, e.g. APA, MLA, and Chicago.

For a journal article that means this standard is missing journal name, volume, issue, and page range.

For a book chapter that means this standard appears to be missing chapter AND book titles, chapter AND book authors/editors, and page range.

The fact that the online identifier might be able to fetch that information from another server does not in my mind justify it being left out of the minimum requirements, because such third-party citation resolver systems cannot be counted on to be working and available at all times and into the long term future.  The basic citation data needs to be locally available.

I see that some of what I'm requesting is listed as "enhanced" metadata in the next section, most notably "component of title". This is not acceptable as it should be considered minimum required, not optional.

Submitter Proposed Solution

Fix the definition of "basic metadata" to include all data that would normally appear in an APA, MLA or Chicago bibliography citation.