As I write the article for D-Lib Magazine, I find myself uncertain as
to what we should call versions of Dublin Core in multiple languages.
We have been calling them "versions," but as someone recently asked,
would DC-Finnish 1.1 then be a version of a version?
One alternative is "expression", as in the progression from work to
expression to manifestation. I like this idea, but somehow it doesn't
seem to work. It makes sense to talk about "the Dublin Core expressed
in Indonesian," but does it also make sense to talk about "creating an
expression of Dublin Core in Indonesian"?
Another alternative is, of course, "translation". But as we have
discussed in meetings, "translation" seems kind of mechanical and one-way,
whereas creativity is required to ensure that the element definitions
"make sense" to a target audience and correctly convey the intended
semantics. On the other hand, we do recognize that "translations"
of complex or literary works can be works of art in their own right.
Please let me know what you think -- preferably soon!
Dr. Thomas Baker [log in to unmask]
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