Quoting Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]>:
> Can anyone remind me if there's a machine readable copy of the MARC
> geographic codes available at any persistent URL?
Not sure how persistent, but here's Ross's version:
I often made the point at MARBI meetings (before I just gave up going
to them) that all of MARC (tags, subfields, codes) should be available
in a machine-readable form. I go NUTS when I see those email
notices come around, the idea that all over the world people are
manually keying in codes into a local table. Please help us make sure
that does not happen in any future formats!!!! Make noise now!
 The result was that a few meetings later LC announced that they
had coded the MARC online pages in XML, and were generating the HTML
from that. I think I was mis-understood.
> They're in HTML at http://www.loc.gov/marc/geoareas/gacs_code.html .
> I actually had a script that automatically downloaded from there and
> "scraped" the HTML -- but sometime since I wrote the script, the
> HTML structure on the page changed and it broke.
> (I kind of thought that was unlikely since that HTML page itself was
> machine generated -- but I guess they changed the software that
> generated it. Certainly I knew that scraping HTML was a bad thing to
> rely on... which is why I hope LC provides this in some format less
> likely to change?)
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