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Re: [open-bibliography] Draft development vocabulary for bibliographic metadata

From: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:09:16 -0700
Message-ID: <20100616080916.uliet1olr4ggswkw@kcoyle.net>
To: William Waites <ww-keyword-okfn.193365@styx.org>, William Waites <william.waites@okfn.org>
Cc: Ross Singer <ross.singer@talis.com>, List for Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data <open-bibliography@lists.okfn.org>, "rufus.pollock@okfn.org" <rufus.pollock@okfn.org>, Ben O'Steen <bosteen@gmail.com>, public-xg-lld@w3.org
Quoting William Waites <william.waites@okfn.org>:

> As it is, it looks like a MARC record at a minimum consists in:
>     * one xyz:Manifestation
>           o one dc:publisher
>     * one (implied) xyz:Work
>           o one or more dc:contributor (or sub-properties like author,
>             translator, etc)
>           o one or more identifiers, bibo:isbn bibo:issn etc
>           o one or more dc:subject from a controlled vocabulary

William, I'm not quite sure what your "at a minimum" represents, so  
this answer may or may not fit your use case.... however, MARC doesn't  
actually have required fields, but most systems do make a small set  
mandatory. Most of the required ones are in the 00X range, and many of  
those are administrative data. Of the variable fields, the only one  
that I have seen as mandatory is the title (245). That would be the  
manifestation title.

In case you haven't seen this, there are statistics on the actual  
field usage at:


I also want to note that some of the more useful data comes out of the  
Leader and the 008 fields (resource type, date of publication,  


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