Tuesday, February 08, 2005


This tool was mentioned in a comment a few days ago, but since the RSS and e-mail folks missed it and some of those reading the Web page may have skipped the comments, here it is again.
The pymarc module provides an API for reading, writing and modifying MARC records from python. MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) is a metadata format for bibliographic data.


While it's not rocket science to read MARC, it's also not something you want to code very often, so pymarc does the lifting for you. pymarc allows you to reading records and extracting arbitrary fields from each record. In addition pymarc provides a mechanism for updating records, and writing records back out in transmission format.

The latest version was released Feb. 2.

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