On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:21 AM, Bernhard Eversberg wrote:
Jim, my point is, in nuce:
“Yes, MARC is horrible, but ISO is not the reason”.
With ISO2709, it is designed to transfer a complete catalog record from one catalog into another catalog.
Yes, but Web services on any MARC based catalog need not suffer from that, Web services can be constructed without paying any attention to the ISO structure. I said that much in my post. It is regrettable that up until now we still have not many useful web services as part of library OPACs. But the reason for this is certainly not ISO2709.
So, when developers say that they don’t like MARCXML, this is a lot of what they are talking about since they want and expect the coding to say “title” and “date of publication” and they don’t want to look up what 245a or 300c means. (There are also the codes that must be dug out of the fixed fields such as the type of dates and dates in the 008, the language code, etc. but that is yet another matter)