Monday, January 22, 2007

Authority Records in MARCXML

Seen elsewhere but too pertinent not to mention, is that the LC authority file is now available in MARCXML.
Using a custom agent, we were able to harvest 6.95 million authority records using the publicly accessible interface to the Library of Congress authority files located at
  • Retrieved records have been converted into MarcXML
  • Accented characters have been converted into NFC (Composed Normal Form).
  • Initial checks against indicate that the retrieved data faithfully reflect that on the original system; however these checks are still only preliminary.
Cross checks against Classification Web have revealed some inconsistencies. For this reason, we are releasing this data for research purposes only. This data is not suitable for production use.
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