Include the original title of a work on a work's page
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When you go to a work's page, for instance http://www.librarything.nl/work/27487/ , one expects at least the original title to be very prominently present. It shouldn't be too hard to include it there, I think, and it would make great bibliographic sense.
If someone were to fill it in, it would be in CK. Unless someone does that, I'm not sure how LT is supposed to know which of the titles (I count 13) is the original.
I think most library catalogs would include the original title in the data which LT is using. So it should not be too hard to "pump" the original title directly into the bibliographic description. The original title of a publication is really Basic, and it should not be left to the initiative of some kind soul to fill in the Common Knowledge fields. There will always be disputes (e.g. what's the original title of "The Bible"?), but I suppose that for 99 % of more or less recent publications it would add substantially to the bibliographic quality of LT to include the original title together with other essential information upon adding a book to your collection. Just my 2 cents.
I think you're wrong. Amazon (for better or worse) is one of the most commonly used data sources for LT, and it doesn't appear to have a field for "original title." Most library catalogs simply give the title of the book and assume it to be the original title; they may give an earlier title in another field, which will not be named in a uniform manner that would allow LT to automatically make these determinations.
I kind of like the idea of giving "Original Title" from CK a little more prominence on the Work page, but CK is really necessary to this sort of thing, which really exceeds the standard minimums for bibliographic data.
And even given all that, it's hard to know how LT would actually approach it. I mean, what do you do in the case of the book being added from a source with no OT and then later someone adds it from a source with OT. What if the second book being added isn't really book #1, but as so often happens gets wrongly auto-combined with it? What if book is added later from another library with a conflicting OT?
I'm just not sure how you ensure any kind of data quality. If a field is filled in, people are going to (rightly) be more hesitant to change it than to fill in a blank one. I may THINK I know the OT to this book, but am I right? Do I need to do some research to make sure I'm not blowing away good data? "Ah, screw it, I'll just leave it."
I did some snooping around on the add books page to see if I could see anything similar to original title coming through. You can do some fun stuff by pasting this into the URL line on that page and hitting enter:
Change "form0" to the result # you want to see (form0 for first, form1 for second, etc.). This works on most all sources, though some are "weird" and don't work. You can tell those by the covers being on the right.
Anyway, I never found anything resembling "original title" in those records. It could be argued that it's not there because Tim isn't pulling it. That may be true, but there are tons of fields that I don't think ever show up in LT. On a couple of records, I saw a "Notes" fields = "Translation from the original L'oeuvre au noir". That's as close as I came and isn't really usable as an original title source.
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