Monday, March 15, 2010

New Report: Implications of MARC Tag Usage on Library Metadata Practices

An RLG Partnership working group has issued a report about MARC tag usage to inform library metadata practices, with a focus on machine applications. The report is available at: A free webinar to present the findings of the report is scheduled for Thursday, March 18, at 4:00 EDT.

Karen Smith-Yoshimura (OCLC Research) will provide an overview of the working group’s analysis, including highlights of her analysis of MARC tag occurrences in WorldCat, the analysis of MARC tags used for matching records while building five aggregated databases done by Hugh Taylor (University of Cambridge) and analysis of encoding levels in Worldcat done by Chew Chiat Naun (University of Minnesota). Karen will also present the working group’s list of factors to consider when making decisions about local MARC metadata practices and its view on MARC’s future.

Catherine Argus (National Library of Australia) will summarize her analysis of MARC tags indexed in five aggregate databases: AMICUS (the national union catalog of Canada, hosted by the Library and Archives Canada), COPAC (the pubic union catalog of the Research Libraries UK), Libraries Australia, and OCLC’s FirstSearch.

Timothy J. Dickey (OCLC Research) will present his recommendations for enhanced library data mining.

Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz (University of California, Berkeley), one of authors of the report’s executive summary, will also be participating.

You may register for the webinar here.

From the RLG announcement mailing list 3/12/2010

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