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.
> Jonathan
> On 4/27/2011 11:09 AM, Sean Hannan wrote:
>> If I were doing this, I'd use the Freebase ( 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.
>> -Sean
>> 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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