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Blade Runner draft

Topic: Blade Runner

Number of entities: 517

This r-ball is a draft r-ball created to support a presentation at the first Jane-athon.

The r-ball contains data about entities associated with the motion picture and novel it is based on.

The r-ball was created without any resource items in hand, and sources of information are restricted to imported MARC records and online reference services. Items were chosen to demonstrate a range of content and carrier types, languages, and online catalogues of MARC records other than RIMMF's search and retrieve (F3) sources.

MARC sources were not usually attached to the RIMMF-ball. Some editing was carried out on the entities after import.

The r-ball was started by creating a Work entity and eight Expression entities for the various cuts of the film, using information from the Wikipedia article on Blade Runner. MARC21 bibliographic records, some with associated authority records, were imported from National Library of Scotland (NLS), Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), and the National Library of Finland (NLF). Some MARC21 records were imported using the Search and Retrieve function. Additional r-ball entities were created manually with RIMMF, using data from the National Library of Poland (NLPol) and online searches for audiobooks and other audiovisual resources.

The r-ball is not guaranteed to completely conform with RDA.

The r-ball illustrates issues such as:

  • The utility of the RDA element Form of work in distinguishing Works with similar creators and titles.
  • The wide range of subject headings and classifications in use.
  • Representation of audiovisual resources in MARC21 and pure RDA data. There is a lack of consensus and clarity in the description of different versions of the motion picture and their manifestations in different analog and digital formats, and various manifestations of the sound track in combination with out-takes, dialogue, and sound effects.

Research has identified a comic book series based on the original Philip K. Dick novel Do androids dream of electric sheep?, and a sequel series. The issues were published in multiple covers by well-know graphic artists, and cumulated at different frequencies in paper and hardback bindings. This offers a particular challenge to RDA because of the multiple levels of aggregation, and relevant data has not yet been added to the r-ball.

See the presentation Blade runner: my first R-Ball by Gordon Dunsire for more information:


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