08.08.2012 07:50, Juha Hakala:
> Regarding Will's question, an integrated library system that cannot
> ingest or export data in some variant of MARC would not and should not
> become popular anywhere in the world. It is probably impossible to make
> an exhaustive list of systems which support MARC one way or another, or
> estimate the number of libraries that utilize MARC-based systems.
Yes. And it is even more impossible that all of these systems might,
in any foreseeable future, make a switch to a new data model. These
systems, in their totality, represent an enormous investment which the
countless investors will want to see protected.
The agencies will therefore have to continue providing MARC21 exchange
data for an indefinite future. Which of course places some restrictions
on the freedom and potential of BIBFRAME concerning innovative data
As for Germany, it is true that just now a MARC21 flavor is being
introduced as the national communication format. Not, however, for
local systems. They need only just be able to import and export it.
To make better use of the new data, however, some changes to the
internal formats are also called for.