The second day featured talks on outside data which might be useful to libraries and the usefulness of library data outside the library once it is freed from MARC. I think these things are the prize we need to keep our eyes on as we suffer through the likely move to RDA -- the ability to move data which is not MARC from outside into our catalogs and from our catalogs out in to the world is what we hope to gain. Coyle closes her remarks on a hopeful note, saying:
- If not RDA, what else is there?
- Are things on hold waiting for RDA? Are people and vendors waiting to see what will happen?
- Why wasn't RDA simplified?
- How long will we pay for it?
- Will communities other than those in the JSC use it?
- Can others join JSC to make this a truly international code?
- Should we just forget about this library-specific stuff and use Dublin Core?
As is often the case I was very impressed at the quality of experimentation that is taking place by people who really want to see library data transformed and made web-able. I think we are at the start of a new and highly fruitful phase for libraries.
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