Catalog records as data

http://blog.jweinheimer.net/2013/01/cataloging-matters-no-17-catalog.html

This was an interesting article for me as the author and I seem to be separated sharply by a generational gap.

Particularly the statement that “cataloging records are not data” was really bizarre for me to hear. It doesn’t make sense from a computer science prospective to say the least – of course they are data! I think the problem is that we do not seem to have to tech that plays well with the MARC format and while I fully support the transition to a widely adopted format for better interoperability, there is no hard and fast reason that this makes the technology handle these values by their own special laws.

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