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Wednesday January 16, 2002
09:28 AM

MAchine Readable Cataloguing

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MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloguing?) is old, comprehensive, and there are CPAN modules for it - including conversion to and from XML. It seems to record everything that a library could need for all types of holding. However it is way too complicated for what I need and not very easy to understand (at least for me) as the codes describing the types of records are numeric, e.g. 100 indicates the author and 245 indicates the title.

Back to googling then....
 

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  • Library ontologies are like ontologies generally: there is no "right" answer, all aswers create problems, and one size does not fit all. With all such intractable problems, I say that no-one should be particularly upset about just making up a solution of their own. If it has some sort of problems, don't worry, you'll discover that for yourself soon enough.

    A problem being "intractable" doesn't mean that it can't get easier to deal with, once one has more experience. To the contrary, I think experience i

    • I agree with this...there is definitely not a "right" answer. However, one thing to bear in mind is that the MARC format has been around alot longer than XML and the Web, and it is used as an interchange format by libraries around the world. The price you pay for developing your own solution is in interoperability. But if that is not a price, then it's not a big deal.

      You may want to take a look at the Dublin Core [dublincore.org], which was largely developed because MARC was complex and not very well suited to the needs o