Tuesday, May 31, 2005

MARBI Proposals

Proposal No. 2005-04/R: Hierarchical Geographic Names in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format.

Proposal No. 2005-06: Addition of Subfields for Relator Terms/Codes for Subject Access to Images.

Other proposals and discussion papers will be distributed shortly. A draft agenda for the meeting will be posted soon.

These papers will be discussed in a meeting of the MARC Advisory Committee on Saturday, June 25, 2005 and Sunday, June 26, 2005 in Chicago.

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For the first proposal examples, personally I don't see why World would go in subfield a, that is defined as a country. Same quibble with Antarctica. Also, sticking all extraterrestrial areas in subfield g seems not to encode the hierarchy. If it is just string position, why not get rid of all subfields but a and just repeat. The position of extraterrestrial locations is important to users of the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

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