The term "author" included in the name "author or creator" seems rather
arbitrary. Why not have as the element name "author or painter or
composer or ..... sculptor or creator."? Simplifying the name to just
"creator" does not cause the the element name to rise to a level of
abstraction where semantic understanding is unclear or not easily
obtainable. The term creator really encompasses author - but in this
case we place it on the same level as author, therefore use of "Author
or Creator" implies a binary choice of allowable values for the element
- i.e. only values that are specifically "authors" or values that are
specifically "creators". The question of other allowable "creators" in
the "author or creator" element was brought up by participants in the
metadata seminars taught by the OCLC Institute.
On the other hand, I understand that the term author is often the
traditional term used for creator, and therefore the appeal of including
it in the name. If people are against changing the actual name, then I
suggest, for further clarification in the definition, we say something
like the following:
"The person(s) or organization(s) primarily responsible for creating the
intellectual content of the resource. Examples include (but are not
limited to) authors, in the case of written documents, and artists,
photographers, or illustrators, in the case of visual resources."
One other note about the above definition: I added the possible plurals
to person and organization, because the definition, as it reads now,
implies that there may be only 1 author or creator for a resource.
Peter Graham wrote:
> I would like to see a justification for not using the term "author" for this
> tag/token, i.e. to revisit that choice. In many if not most contexts it
> provides the traditional and well-understood concept that comprises and
> expands on the simple "creator" idea. I understand that some "documents"
> (or "document-like objects", or DLO's) are not text or similar, but I'd like
> to see more of those arguments. The danger of too much abstraction
> ("creator") is loss of semantic understanding, not to mention in this
> particular case the transcendental if not theological overtones. --pg
> Jeremy Frumkin wrote:
> > Well, traffic on this list is kind of quiet, so I thought I'd start
> > things out with a minor suggestion to "Author or Creator" --
> > Would it not be better to simply change the element "Author or Creator"
> > to simply "Creator" - matching its label? The definition of the element
> > specifies that authors, as well as other creators, are covered by this
> > element, so removing author from the name does not lessen the meaning or
> > understanding of the element. Also, the "Other Contributor" element's
> > definition refers to the "Creator" element, not the "Author or Creator"
> > element. So, it would seem that either the element should be simply
> > called "Creator", or the definition for "Other Contributor" needs to be
> > modified to be consistant with the element naming.
> > --
> > Jeremy Frumkin
> > Metadata Librarian
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