Posting to RDA-L
On 21/04/2011 19:33, J. McRee Elrod wrote:
If locally catched, fine. That’s what we did with linked UTLAS files
But no OPAC should depend on offsite files being available to display a complete bibliographic record, no matter how “redundantly” available. The present NAF is not redundantly available, nor is it likely to be.
This is the very idea of “the web” however. I agree that this is a frightening, “brave new world” we are entering, but it is the new world nevertheless, and I am fully convinced that we either enter the world of
“the web” or we do not. In my opinion, we need to enter that world or suffer the consequences. This involves a loss of a lot of the controls that we have grown used to.
This includes the NAF. It is, at least in theory, US government information and therefore, part of the public domain, along with all of the other LC created documentation.