Saturday, December 27, 2003


The following discussion paper is available for review by the MARC 21 community:
  • Discussion Paper 2004-DP03: Changing the Mapping for the Double-Wide Diacritics from MARC8 to Unicode/UCS from the Unicode/UCS Half Diacritic Characters to the Unicode/UCS Double-Wide Diacritic Characters
This paper will be discussed in a meeting of the MARC Advisory Committee on Saturday, January 10, 2004 in San Diego.

A draft agenda for the meeting is available.


Here is a site if you are trying to keep up with metadata schemas, SchemaWeb.
SchemaWeb is a repository for RDF schemas expressed in the RDFS, OWL and DAML+OIL schema languages. SchemaWeb is a place for developers and designers working with RDF. It provides a comprehensive directory of RDF schemas to be browsed and searched by human agents and also an extensive set of web services to be used by RDF agents and reasoning software applications that wish to obtain real-time schema information whilst processing RDF data. RDF Schemas are the critical layer of the Semantic Web. They provide the semantic linkage that 'intelligent' software needs to extract value giving information from the raw data defined by RDF triples.
They have a schema of the week, currently it is the Creative Commons.

Friday, December 26, 2003

LC Errors

A while back I mentioned that I had spotted a classification error on an LC bib record. I submitted that error for consideration on the Web form LC provides for that reason. On Dec. 18 I received this reply:
Your discrepancy report was referred to LC's Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO). I have just reclassed LCCN 00012759 to QB521.5.T66 2001. Thanks very much for reporting this classification error.
Don't complain about any errors LC makes, drop them a line and get them fixed for the rest of us.

Tag of the Month

The Follett MARC Tag of the Month is a sample cartographic record for a map. I have some serious reservations about the record in the fields below 1XX. However, it does give some idea.


The Newsletter of the Classification and Indexing Section Division of Bibliographic Control of IFLA is now available.


Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm still in the hospital, maybe another week. I broke my pelvis in several places. The pain is more than I can imagine. Yesterday I got out of bed by myself for the 1st time. Took my 1st shower today. Recovery will be a long painful road.

I do have a laptop and dial-up connection here in bed, so I'll post a few items that come my way. Postings will be very erratic for the next week or two. I hope everybody enjoyed their holidays.

If anyone would want to be a co-host while I recover, just let me know. I'll give you the same access I have to contribute.