July 17, 2003
Report of the MARBI Representative to CC:DA
Proposal No. 2003-04:
Definition of Field 024 (Other standard identifier) to the MARC21 Authority Format
Summary: This paper proposes adding Field 024 (Other standard identifier) to the MARC21 Authority Format to allow for recording standard identifiers relevant to the entity described in the authority record. The identifier would represent the heading in the 1XX field, not the entire authority record.
Related MARBI Documents: 2003-DP03
MARBI was not particularly pleased that the standard that inspired the proposal (ISTC) is not only still a draft, but is a closed draft that MARBI cannot see. The committee is also aware that there may not be a good one-to-one relationship between ISTCs and AACR2-based authority headings. Furthermore, no constituencies have displayed any interest in encoding the other standard numbers cited in authority records.
However, when the ISTC standard is approved, publishers will be assigning these numbers, and it was agreed there needs to be a field coded for them in authority records. It also appears that OCLC is committed to using 024 in authority records to link to the ISTC records when they exist. Consequently, MARBI approved the proposal.
MARBI action taken: Approved.
Discussion Paper 2003-DP04:
Defining subfield $2 in fields 155, 455 and 555 of the MARC 21 Authority Format
Source: Bibliographic Standards Committee, RBMS/ACRL
Summary: This paper considers the definition of subfield $2 (Source) in fields 155, 455 and 555 of the MARC 21 authority format to allow for greater flexibility and consistency with field 655 in the bibliographic format. This may result in better ability for machine validation of headings if the source were in the same subfield in both formats.
There appeared to be little interest in this proposed change either in the considerable discussion this paper generated on the list before the conference, or at the meeting. As the source of the term is identified at the record level (008/11 and 040$f in this case), it was felt that any difficulties that this caused were system-implementation issues and MARBI was not interested in pursuing this approach to thesaurus management.
MARBI action taken: None.
Proposal No. 2003-03:
Definition of Data Elements for Article Level Description
Source: California Digital Library
Summary: This paper proposes additional data elements in the MARC 21 bibliographic format that contain parsed citation information for the description of journal articles. This will facilitate translation of non-MARC citation data into the MARC format and linking to citation-related services. Options are: 1) Definition of a subfield in field 773; and 2) Definition of a new field 363.
Related MARBI Documents: Discussion paper 2003-DP01 (January 2003)
There was some discussion about non-consecutive and ending page numbers. The committee response was that the proposed data element is for linking purposes and is not intended to be a complete citation to the article page numbering. The MARC Standards Office will investigate if the SICI syntax allows for complete pagination citations.
A straw poll between the two options clearly preferred Option 1 to define subfield $q (currently called Enumeration and first page) in field 773. Defining a new subfield will ensure that parsed information is securely linked with host item information.
MARBI action taken: Option 1 approved.
Proposal No. 2002-14/9R:
Definition of Fields 365 (Trade Price) and 366 (Trade Information) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
Source: British Library
Summary: This proposal adds fields 365 and 366 to the bibliographic format to carry information needed by book trade agencies.
Though there is not much precedent for providing acquisitions information in the bibliographic format, the proposal was accepted as it fulfills a basic need of the British constituency.
MARBI action taken: Approved with the following change:
Proposal No. 2003-05:
Changes to Field 352 (Digital Graphic Representation) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
Source: Anglo-American Cataloguing Committee for Cartographic Materials
Summary: This paper proposes adding subfield $q to field 352 (Digital Graphic Representation) to the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format in order to be able to record the format in which the digital image is stored and making subfield $g obsolete (VPF topology level).
The paper actually offers four options: 1) define subfield $q in field 352; 2) use a 5XX note field for format name; 3) define a textual note subfield in field 352; or, 4) explore the definition of a new field for file format information.
Related MARBI Documents: None.
Though some appeared reluctant to approve a proposal needed to support provisions in AACR, the proposal was approved. MARBI was convinced that this particular instance of file format was defined by AACR as a sub-element of Digital Graphic Representation (352) and should therefore be coded in that field.
Though directed specifically at cartographic materials, extension of this proposal to other digital graphics was discussed and will need to be investigated.
MARBI action taken: Option 1 approved, to define subfield $q (Format of the digital image) in field 352.
Discussion on the FVWG report:
Attig also pointed out that the difficulties that the Format Variation Working Group has encountered in deconstructing the GMD are the same difficulties MARBI encounters whenever they have to deal with the codes in LDR/06.
On other FRBR-related news, MARBI will be a co-sponsor of the FRBR program to be held at the 2004 Annual meeting in Orlando.
MARBI Representative to CC:DA