Issue 473: Normal Custodian Of

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Posted by Robert Sanderson on 7/1/2020

Dear fellow SIG folks,

Happy new year 

A question came up here as to how to record the normal custodian of an object, as opposed to the current custodian.

For example, if we have custody of an object but it’s a permanent loan from a donor, and we lend it to another organization for an exhibition, then the owner doesn’t change (still the donor, probably wanting to remain anonymous) and there’s a transfer of custody from ourselves to the exhibiting organization.  If that’s a travelling exhibit, it might pass through several custodians before it should eventually return to us.

Is there a way to track this not-quite-an-owner but not-just-the-current-custodian state?  The only way that I can see is to model the right of permanent custody separate from the right of temporary custody… but then we re-enter the rights and temporal validity arena.  Perhaps this would be another motivating use case for moving forward with that work?

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Posted by Robert Sanderson on 15/2/2020

Apologies, I should have put NEW ISSUE in the subject for this originally.

As a quick proposal to discuss:

With P54 has current permanent location as a precedent, I would propose a Pxx has current permanent custodian as a new property to manage the knowledge described in the email below.

Happy to work on a scope note for it if that’s a useful thing to add to the ontology.

Posted by George on 16/2/2020

It seems to make sense to raise as an issue. The case does seem to come up reasonably frequently. The parallel seems convincing. For the moment we could cover temporal elements by initiating the existing of the property via an E13 attribute assignment (if we had such info).