Monday, November 7, 2011

Re: [RDA-L] Offlist reactions to the LC Bibliographic Framework statement

On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM, Bernhard Eversberg wrote:
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But be that as it may, my point is that even for this function, it is no longer technically necessary. For all intents and purposes, MARC may live on forever without the need to deal with ISO2709. It is technically obsolete, but we need not care.
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Perhaps it will live on as one developer described, when last week at lunch we were discussing the "old days" of the ISO2709 format for AGRIN3 data that he (and I and everybody) had to work with before we all changed it to XML. 

He mentioned that he keeps the specifications in a drawer of his desk as a momento mori. Once in awhile he takes them out just to gaze upon and to remind himself of other realities!

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