Karen Coyle’s written about FRBR several times recently on her blog (and left a comment or two here), and here’s her latest, from Saturday: FRBRoo (Object-Oriented), commenting on the object-oriented FRBR remodelling project.
The diagram on page 10 of this report implies that there are two forks to the description: the author’s context and the publisher’s context. It seems that today’s cataloging rules (and perhaps RDA as well) conflate those two, and that when those contexts differ the rules emphasize the publisher’s.
In other words, descriptive cataloging is describing the published Work, not the author’s Work. If we see those as separate, would our catalog look more FRBR-like?