2 thoughts on “Dates: Or, the Continuing Frustration of Unnecessarily Ambiguous Metadata

  1. Dates! Tell me about it. In their existing form, they are mostly unstable. Moreover, if I want to find the complete works of Thoreau, I can use an authority list to get his writing, but the dates range from his lifetime to the present day. “How many times I have I seen Plato’s Republic being published in 1986!?”

    No doubt. Dates are REALLY badly represented in library metadata.

  2. I once stopped working on a toy project because I realized my data set contained “Simon and Schuster”, “Simon & Schuster”, and “Simon&Schuster”.

    Not enough yak shears in the world.

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