Since they are union catalogues, I would think it would be fairly easy to
assess how many documents are contained in how many institutions. As
Millie said we would be looking for a certain amount of concentration of
documents at some institutions. We do not need to know every title, but if
we could get an idea of how many documents are in each institution, that
could provide us with the necessary information. Could Havard or Sten look
at this further?
On Wed, 16 Jan 2002, Hedberg Sten wrote:
> As far as I know, these databases are union catalogues, but they are
> provided with a workable mechanism to ensure that duplicate bibliographical
> records are not introduced. Instead, the holdings information records for
> all libraries in the network having copies of a document are connected to
> one and the same bibliographical record.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf
> Of Rebecca S. Guenther
> Sent: den 15 januari 2002 16:24
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Sami languages
> Sorry about the delay in sending out ballots for Sami. I plan to do that
> now. But I have a question about what Havard has submitted. You include
> here the number of entries in the Bibsys and Laponica databases. Are these
> records union listings from several libraries? Our guidelines state that
> the documents should be held in specific institutions. It is not clear how
> many institutions hold how many documents. I just want to clarify to see
> whether these fit the criteria established (most likely they do).
> Also, perhaps Glenn could check the OCLC database for entries.
> On Tue, 27 Nov 2001, [iso-8859-1] Håvard Hjulstad wrote:
> > Formal alpha-3 proposals for four Sami languages are submitted via the
> > official forms. This document is intended to supplement the information on
> > the forms.
> > Proposal to standardize alpha-3 identifiers for Sami languages
> > The content of this document is based on studies carried out by different
> > Nordic institutions, coordinated by Sten Hedberg and Håvard Hjulstad. The
> > purpose was to verify which Sami languages that may be candidates for
> > alpha-3 identifiers in ISO 639-2. The submitters do not propose alpha-2
> > identifiers for any of these languages. All the languages (and some more
> > Sami languages) already do have separate identifiers in Finnish,
> > and Swedish libraries.
> > The current status is the following:
> > English French Indigenous Alpha-3 Alpha-2
> > Northern Sami sami du Nord davvisámegiella sme se
> > Sami languages (Other) sami, autres langues - smi -
> > Proposed additions:
> > 1. Lule Sami / sami de Lule / julevusámegiella : Proposed identifier:
> > smj. Language spoken in Norway and Sweden. Search in the Norwegian Bibsys
> > library database (http://www.bibsys.no/) returned 120 documents.
> > 2. Southern Sami / sami du Sud / åarjelsaemiengïele : Proposed
> > identifier: sma. Language spoken in Norway and Sweden. Search in Bibsys
> > returned 117 documents.
> > 3. Inari Sami / sami d'Inari / aanaar kielâ : Proposed identifier:
> > Language spoken in Finland. Search in Bibsys returned 21 documents; search
> > in the Finnish Lapponica database returned 67 documents.
> > 4. Skolt Sami / sami skolt / sää'm%iõll [% = k-caron] : Poposed
> > identifier: sms. Language spoken in Finland and Russia. Search in Bibsys
> > returned 12 documents; search in Lapponica returned 55 documents.
> > Non-proposals:
> > There are other Sami languages. Some of these are sometimes grouped. The
> > following Sami languages are not proposed for alpha-3 identifiers at this
> > time:
> > Kildin Sami : Language spoken in Russia. Possibly a future candidate.
> > Sometimes Eastern Sami is used to designate Kildin Sami and Akkala Sami
> > latter has very few users).
> > Pite Sami (or Piteå Sami) : Language spoken in Norway and Sweden. Very few
> > users and few documents.
> > Ume Sami (or Umeå Sami) : Language spoken in Sweden. Very few users and
> > documents.
> > Ter Sami : Language spoken in Russia. Very few users and few documents.
> > Håvard Hjulstad 2001-11-27
> > -------------------------
> > Håvard Hjulstad mailto:[log in to unmask]
> > Solfallsveien 31
> > NO-1430 Ås, Norway
> > tel: +47-64944233 & +47-64963684
> > mob: +47-90145563
> > http://www.hjulstad.com/havard/
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