Quoting Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]>:
> But movies wind up with several 'publication dates' (date of release
> in theaters, date of release for a DVD or videotape, different dates
> of release for different manifestations. Who knows what date you've
> got in your 'source' record you're trying to link to, and if that's
> going to match the date(s) in the freebase record.
This is something that might get better under RDA since there is a
date in the Work entity that could represent the original Work (which
we don't have in AACR or MARC). You still might need to match +- 1 or
2 years, but that would be more accurate than using the date of the
> I'm not sure of a great way to do this. Metadata matching is a bitch.
> A FEW of our library bibliographic records actually have a UPC/EAN
> in them for videos. (ISBN is actually a subset of UPC/EAN, at least
> since ISBN-13. But I think DVDs and videocassettes sold aren't going
> to have an ISBN usually, but usually will have a UPC/EAN).
> If you've got one of those, you might be able to search on that in
> freebase? (even if you can't in IMBD directly? here's where freebase
> might rule). Relies on freebase having that UPC/EAN in it's
> database, for the particular manifestation you've got a record for.
> Not sure the prospects of that. And few (but some) of our records
> have UPC/EAN anyway.
> In general here though, this is another reminder that in the present
> environment, unambiguous identifiers RULE. Like ISBN, UPC/EAN, etc.
> One of the most valuable things catalogers can add to records. I
> really wish it would become common practice to add a UPC/EAN to all
> dvd/video records where the item-in-hand has one on it. Even if that
> means sacrificing some other things, I know cataloger time is a
> precious resource. But UPC/EAN should be considered very very high
> value, it could enable all sorts of value-added services and linking
> to external databases.
> On 4/27/2011 11:09 AM, Sean Hannan wrote:
>> If I were doing this, I'd use the Freebase (freebase.com) API and write a
>> little app that returns the IMDB title stem (ex: tt0460791) for each of the
>> films you're trying to match up.
>> On 4/27/11 10:56 AM, "R. Levi"<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> I would like to add a link to IMDB for the feature films that we
>>> have in our
>>> catalog. IMDB doesn't appear to have ISBNs. Is there a way to
>>> link the MARC
>>> record with the IMDB record without manually searching IMDB to find each
>>> movie? Thanks, Rich
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