We want to include encoding non-Gregorian dates in the profile/extension
of ISO 8601 that we are working on. And the question has come up with
MARC, especially for serial holdings, but it hasn't quite been solved.
So we hope to do something about this in the near future.
On Thu, 15 Nov 2007, Jon Stroop wrote:
> Somewhat related to this thread, has anyone found a way or developed a
> practice to record non-Gregorian dates in MODS? It seems as though at
> least a way to identify the calendar from which the date is derived
> would be helpful.
> mods:dateOther[@type="[calendar]"] seems like the only solution right
> now, but it's not a very satisfying one for such a discreet problem.
> It looks as though this has also come up with regard to MARC:
> Riley, Jenn wrote:
> >> Note that we (our office at LC) are trying to work on this problem and
> >> come up with some other profile of ISO 8601 that can be used with
> >> various
> >> XML formats, including MODS and PREMIS. That will include being able to
> >> use the basic 8601 format without hyphens, and to deal with
> >> questionable,
> >> open date ranges, BCE dates, etc.-- and have a name to call these sorts
> >> of
> >> encodings. We know we can't fix the problems with ISO 8601 but if we
> >> can
> >> define a different profile and then extend it to accommodate other
> >> sorts
> >> of dates, we would all benefit.
> > That's exactly what I need, as well. Looking forward to it in MODS 4.0. :-)
> > Jenn
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