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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


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Alex Grigg

While MARC records certainly have their issues, the primary issue being that they are overly complicated for the uses to which they are put, the main problem I see with the format is that our OPACs don't do anything with the wealth of information those records contain. Most of the elements of FRBR have been included for decades, but it is only just recently that we are finding a useful way to display that information to library users.

Chris Schwartz

Thanks for this comment, Alex. You bring up an important point that most of the FRBR elements are already included in MARC records. I've been thinking about this lately (although not clear enough to blog about it) in relation to expanding FRBR's application in the new content standard, Resource Description and Access (RDA). I'm sort of feeling that some of this is an added burden to catalogers/metadata librarians that could really be handled by machine processing.

Francois Scharffe

Note that a transformation of MARC records to Dublin Core is available [1] via Marc XML. It is just about fields of MARC relevant to DC, but can be extended with mappings to specific ontologies. We are actually working in EASAIER [2] on an extension in the music domain.

[1] http://www.loc.gov/standards/marcxml/
[2] http://www.easaier.org

Richard Wallis

Thanks for quoting me.

On the subject of browsing semantic relationships extracted from already cataloged, in MARC, bibliographic data - in my presentation [http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/archives/2007/10/access_2007.php] at Access 2007 [http://access2007.uvic.ca/] I showed a tool our developers use to do this in a graphical way.

I captured some screen shots in to the slides you will find from the above link. To get a more dynamic view, look out for the video when they get published on the Access site.

Richard Wallis

Seems that the URLs in my previous posting somehow got corrupted.

So I'll try again.

Access 2007: http://access2007.uvic.ca/
My Presentation: http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/archives/2007/10/access_2007.php

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