Friday, June 30, 2006

Adding Coordinates to Authority Records

The proposal to add coordinates to authority records passed.

MARC PROPOSAL NO. 2006-06 Definition of field 034 for geographic coordinates in the MARC 21 Authority Format.

This paper proposes the addition of field 034 to authority records for geographic coordinates associated with places. This field would eventually form the basis for coordinates-based retrieval of all cataloged records containing those geographic terms.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I have not followed this proposal, but I wonder if geographic coordinates would allow users to virtually view the location of library books on specific places on maps, such as Google? If a person wants books on France, they could bypass the catalogue, and simply click on a map of the world? Would this not be possible using the 034 metadata?