From: "Eric J Harbeson" <[log in to unmask]>
[apologies for cross posting]
> The Music Library Association (MLA) Bibliographic Control Committee's
> (BCC) Metadata Subcommittee is in the early planning stages for an online
> "Music Metadata Clearinghouse" that pulls together information that will
> help individuals and organizations planning for the discovery and/or
> online delivery of musical resources in environments beyond the
> traditional library catalog. The Clearinghouse might include information
> on metadata tools, metadata standards and their application to music, case
> studies, sample implementations, project-specific documentation, and
> helpful readings.
> This survey aims to collect data that will inform our work; most
> specifically, to prioritize the type and level of detail of information
> that we should include in this resource. With this survey we seek to
> better understand current practices related to the creation and
> maintenance of music metadata so that we might match information in the
> Clearinghouse to the most well-defined and strategic needs of the
> The term "metadata" is used differently in different communities. Since
> the goal of the Clearinghouse is to provide information to implementers
> working outside of traditional library catalogs, please interpret
> "metadata" in this context to mean any descriptive, technical, structural,
> rights, preservation, or other data needed for the discovery or management
> of musical materials in any implementation other than a library catalog.
> This definition would include MARC when used in systems other than an ILS
> or OPAC. Similar imprecision can exist surrounding the term "library."
> Here "library" should be interpreted to mean an administrative unit that
> identifies itself as a library, archive or museum, which may be a part of
> a larger institution of higher education or stand alone as its own
> organization (for example a public library, state library, or historical
> This survey is presented on a single page so that you might review (and/or
> print) the questions in order to compile your answers, then return to the
> online survey to submit the information.
We HAD a good start on this; it MIGHT still be available somewhere?
Steve Abrams compiled a LARGE text-based database, which included
data on c. 150,000 78's. It USED to be downloadable via Ron Fial's
78label page on his 78online.com page/project...?! IIRC, Ty Settlemeir
has constructed a considerable amount of this data on his "78 Discography"
pages. I was working on an update/edit/add as needed of this data...but
lost all my corrected data due to an INCOMPENT "computer repair"
guy here in Oshawa, Ont'o...!!
Currently my 5,000 or so 78's are no longer catalogued in any form;
it is open to question whether I would live long enough to reconstruct
my MS Access-based catalog (I'm already 68!)...?!
Steven C. Barr