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Subject: [MODS] LCSH rules and MODS <geographic>
are there any 'best practice' guidelines for geographic subdivisions in
when using subjects from LCSH? Specifically, is anyone following the
rule of indirect geographic subdivision?
I am referring to the rule that transforms a geographic main heading,
as "Halkyn Mountain (Wales)", into two geographic entities when used as
subdivision: Wales--Halkyn Mountain. (Example taken from:
So if the subject is "gorse on the Halkyn Mountain", do I represent it
1) <subject authority="lcsh"><topic>Gorse</topic><geographic>Halkyn
Obviously, there are implications for maintaining local authority files
validating the records (easiest in the case of 1., but this is does not
strictly speaking produce a pure LCSH subject string), as well as for
creating browsable subject lists as a finding aid (whereby 2. and 3.
subjects much better according to geographic area).
I have been wrecking my head with this problems for quite some time now
would love to hear whether (and how!) anyone else has tried to tackle
problem in MODS!
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