On 3/27/2015 5:46 PM, Kelley McGrath wrote:
> I strongly disagree with the statement that someone who understands MARCXML can do whatever they want with the data. I think I have a pretty good grasp of MARC and I have spent countless frustrating hours trying to get information out of MARC records (and not always succeeding).
> Granted, I’m not a developer, but I’ve worked with people who are good developers so I don’t think that’s the bottleneck. >
> That said, I’m not sure that Bibframe is going to fix my problems.
[sorry, my cat walked on my keyboard and sent the message too soon!]
MARCXML is not particularly friendly to extracting some of the information, but it can be done nevertheless. Certainly it can be made easier but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. A lot of that information is buried in the fixed fields which are crazy, but much of that information is less important for the public. Besides, relatively few need the width of the tape is 1/4 in. (which equals value “m” in 007/07 when 007/00 is “s”). Such information can still be extracted. There has been ample time (20 years or so?), plus there used to be money, but there is much less now.
In conjunction with the basic statement that libraries could have created lots of things and they haven’t. Look at the other sites on the web, for instance, Goodreads really should have been made by libraries. We aleady have all the information. That was a missed opportunity.
The problems have not been format. Obviously, the problems are elsewhere.
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