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> Again, I want the data elements to carry the correct data, and
> "ogodwhoknows" is a valid data element in my universe.
Ah, right. I use <note type="admin"> in my MODS records as a
catch-all to indicate something that needs attention from the database
admin. Every once in a while a run XSLT to extract these notes and see
what issues are outstanding.
> There isn't any coding that I know of for et al, because it only
> sense when you have a list of authors, not individual authors. It
> "this list continues, but we didn't write all of the names in our
> metadata." Unlike "anonymous", which replaces a single author, et al
> doesn't stand alone. When I was doing transformations of citations
> the University of California library systems, we created a special
> author for et al.
Hm, so maybe a record with <name type="corporate"> representing an
anonymous group of contributors.
Like Bruce, I'd record all the authors if possible, even 100, since
MODS has no limit on the size of a record. I was thinking more along
the lines of a direct quote from Smith et al. appearing in Jones et al.,
when all I have before me is the latter and the original appeared in an
obscure journal in 1930 that my library doesn't have. The special
coding would be a temporary measure, until the full data became