[Freebase-discuss] Library of Congress subject headings
tfmorris at gmail.com
Sun May 9 21:00:02 UTC 2010
On Sun, May 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Brian Karlak <zenkat at metaweb.com> wrote:
> On May 8, 2010, at 11:36 PM, Iain Sproat wrote:
>> Unfortunately, they're very visible - the Battle of Bulgneville popped
>> up in autocomplete and I linked to it.
>> I've cleaned it up, but I assume I shouldn't have been able to do that
>> in the first place?
> Ahhh, I see. I had poked around trying to get these to show up in the
> client, but I hadn't tried the obvious route of data entry. Now Tom's
> question about the behavior of suggest vs. autocomplete makes a whole
> lot more sense.
> In many ways, this seems like a variant of the incompatible types
> problem. Just as we shouldn't show Book topics when asking for a Film
> property, we shouldn't show Subject Heading nodes when linking up
> topics (except for Book Subjects, of course).
I don't understand the exception here. The target type for a book
subject is Literature Subject, not SKOS Concept or LoC Subject
Heading. I'm willing to suspend disbelief and assume that there will
be a way to segregate these things entirely, but you can't then turn
around and have them leak through the wall without totally confusing
When I'm working on
http://www.freebase.com/view/en/basidiobolus_ranarum and want to add
the genus Basidiobolus as its parent, I have to create a new topic
(because Freebase doesn't have a topic for the genus), but if I'm
writing a book about these fungi, the subject is the existing LoC
http://www.freebase.com/view/authority/us/gov/loc/sh/sh85012086 ? I
think that's going to be hard for people to keep straight in their
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