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4.X MARC transformation testing - preliminary questions

Posted By Kimmy Szeto, Thursday, March 12, 2015

I hope we have all recovered from MLA! We met in person (thanks Beth for the photo!) and discussed a few things:

  • Our next report target will be April 24.
  • We want to make our BIBFRAME model analysis uniform --
    • For the three areas of BIBFRAME conversion analysis (genre/form, medium of performance, uniform title), we will first need to agree on our methods / ways to proceed:
      • Which converter(s) will we test?
      • The list of MARC fields we want to focus on. (Can/should include fixed fields and 0XX?)
      • Shall we use a consistent reporting format? (Like...spreadsheet with the same columns?)
    • The questions we are trying to answer:
      • Does the transformation make sense? How do BIBFRAME elements reflect the original MARC data? Are we losing any information? Will new MARC proposals play well with BIBFRAME?
      • Are there situations / exceptions in MARC that we should fix in MARC before the transform?
      • What works well? What does not make sense? How do we want it to work better for us? Make the recommendation in this report.
      • Taking all the 4.X reports together, which aspects can we keep, and which aspects do we want to take full control of? Be bold and be visionary here. 
      • Kevin's idea: What about BIBFRAME to MARC?
Everyone please pitch in in the next few days. Leaders (Hermine, Kirk-Evan, Jim) - we will be in touch next week to finalize the report format.

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