We thought about this chain already, but were afraid of the inescapeble loss of data quality. As we think about using MODS as the basic format for a new version of our EconBiz portal, and our main record set is in GBV-PICA+, that's a crucial point for sucess.
Maybe we could re-use the your FCV? (for building the chain you lined out or as a possible starting point to build a direct conversion - which we happily would pass back).
Kind regards, Joachim
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im
> Auftrag von Jakob Voss
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 21. Januar 2009 17:05
> An: [log in to unmask]
> Betreff: Re: [CODE4LIB] PICAplus to MODS conversion
> Joachim Neubert wrote:
> > Has anybody built a conversion from PICA+ to MODS and is willing to
> > share the code?
> First there is not one PICA+ but different variants like
> there are different MARC variants. Second the most PICA+ to
> anything conversions that I know use the "FCV" conversion
> language that was developed by PICA an is neither documented
> nor standardized - so you won't be able to do something with
> it unless you run your own PICA system. At GBV we export MODS
> via MARC and the XSLT provided by the LOC, the chain is
> GBV-PICA+ --(FCV)--> MARC ---> MARCXML --(XSLT)--> MODS
> As you can imagine, the metadata quality does not get better
> with each step like alway when you do conversion between
> metadata formats. But its better than having to write n*n
> single conversions.
> Jakob Voß <[log in to unmask]>, skype: nichtich
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