From MARC must die!
Apologies to anyone and everyone called Marc. This site is not about you. It's about a bunch of library metadata standards collectively known as MARC. About the name
MARC is dead
- Transforming our Bibliographic Framework: A Statement from the Library of Congress (May 13, 2011)
- A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age (October 31, 2011)
- Ed Chamberlain: Common sense at at last? 2011-11-08
- Richard Wallis Library of Congress To Boldly Voyage To Linked Data Worlds 2011-11-02
- Karen Coyle: Future Format: Goals and Measures 2011-11-01
- Roy Tennant: LOC: MARC’s Days are Numbered 2011-10-31
- Karen Coyle: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative 2011-08-25
- BIBFRAME - Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum
The goals of this site are four-fold:
- To discuss the objectives of bibliographic metadata in the current environment
- To collect views, links, literature etc on why MARC doesn't meet the requirements of todays need for bibliographic metadata
- To discuss alternatives that might replace MARC
- To encourage activities that undermine MARC
Alternatives to MARC
As Jonathan Rochkind, Bill Dueber and others have pointed out, MARC is not a format or a model, but a crude mixture of ideas. Therefore any serious alternative should not be one silver bullet but a well-choosen set of apropriate tools for each particular task. Possible tools include:
- Semantic Web including Linked Data and RDF
- Ontologies expressed in first-order logic (OWL etc.)
- Data Models
- Any open, standard being publically available and following at least RFC 2119
Getting there from here
- futurelib - Designing the future -- Library Systems and Data Formats
This site is hosted by Libriotech. It is provided as a free service to the library community, in the hope that it will generate some momentum away from the MARC standards. Please feel free to add your point of view!
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Why MARC was inadequate
MARC is not one standard, but rather a family of standards, and some related formats:
- The MARC standard
- MARC dialects
- MARC issues
- AACR2 and RDA might also be relevant.
- MARC stands in the way of innovation