And what you hear over here is a plea to not give up on catalogers.
Some are beyond ready to move from text to data. Hiding the data view
-- do you mean making it look like marc? -- sounds pretty awful.
Catalogers who are on board are trapped by the way sharing currently
works, i.e. record sharing. If the leaders of the cataloging community
are failing, what can catalogers do? This is an honest question, not a
throwing-up-of-hands. Though maybe completely off-topic for this list.
Karen Coyle wrote:
> Absolutely. The catalogers are still creating a textual document, not
> data. At best you can mark up the text, as we do with the MARC record.
> I worry that we won't be able to mesh the cataloger's view with a data
> view -- that the two are some how inherently opposed. I'd like to
> start modeling a new data format but I can't imagine how we can bridge
> the gap between the catalogers and the system view. I suppose a very
> clever interface could hide the data view from the catalogers, but
> starting from either AACR2 or RDA and trying to get there feels
> extremely difficult. I guess my fear is that it will require
> compromises, and those will be hard to negotiate.
> p.s. The RDA element analysis is at
> That was the input to the registry.
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