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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Maurice Mengel
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 10:59 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sound recordings cataloging software
why reinvent the wheel? There are actually quite a few tools that import
MARC and some of them may accommodate the level of complexity that you are
looking for. There should be open source cataloging tools for libraries, but
I don't know any in particular. Definitely worth a look.
You could also check, for example, open source repository softwares, such as
those managed by DuraSpace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuraSpace).
They are made not ONLY for cataloging, but they also catalog and they should
import MARC as well as other stuff.
On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 7:50 AM, Carla Arton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Since you are interested in MARC, be aware that any investment you
> make now in a database that is MARC based may need additional
> investment if/when BibFrame is implemented as a replacement for MARC.
> See the AV Modeling Study
> df> released this past year. It explores the relationships you mention
> between varying performers and performances on one album. You can also
> play with filling in fields they have proposed in their testbed editor
> There are other options as well, such as PBCore <http://pbcore.org/>.
> They just held a How-to <http://vimeo.com/109940772> webinar about a
> month ago which is available online.
> You may also consider contacting the ARSC Cataloging Committee
> Best, Carla Arton
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM, Tom Fine
> <[log in to unmask]>
> > See if you can make contact with the guy who writes Tag&Rename. He's
> > figured out how to hook into several sources including Amazon and
> > to find tag information for music files. He might be able to port
> > over
> > he's done to fill in a catalog or database instead of writing tags
> > into FLAC, WAV and MP3 files. If he can grab info out of Amazon and
> > AllMusic,
> > don't think it would be a huge challenge for him to grab info out of
> > If you want the database to fill faster, see if he can hook into a
> > lookup system and use a barcode scanner on your CDs.
> > -- Tom Fine
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Loftus Becker" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:27 PM
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sound recordings cataloging software
> > Peter,
> >> You might want to ask some database developers how much it would
> >> cost to develop a custom database that would do the job you want.
> >> It shouldn't
> >> terribly hard - I just looked up MARC record (I've never used them)
> >> and though they're a little complicated they do seem to be pretty
> >> well described. Probably the cost would be more than you want to
> >> pay . but
> >> might find enough other people interested that a group of you could
> >> get together. As I understand your needs you definitely want a
> >> database but those are available for Windows, Mac, and (I'm sure)
> >> for
> >> I do a lot of custom database programming for myself - quick and
> >> dirty things to get the job done (I teach law). My rough guess is
> >> that it
> >> take me a day or so to get a functional, not pretty, version
> >> working,
> >> I'm not nearly as good as a professional would be. Moving from
> >> to "pretty" and "elegant" involves a lot of work.
> >> I don't know of anything available off the shelf. I'll be following
> >> this thread to see if there is something.
> >> -Lofty
> >> On Nov 20, 2014, at 5:06 PM, Peter Hirsch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>> I think the area of software for cataloging a personal library of
> >>> recordings has had some discussion on the list but I don't recall
> >>> that
> >>> has come up recently and my recollection is that most of the
> >>> programs
> >>> forward did not readily allow for linking up specific performers
> >>> with
> >>> particular work they performed if there were multiple pieces with
> >>> artist groupings on a recording.
> >>> I am interested in software that can download full MARC records
> >>> and not the sort of program that uses crowdsourced info like
> >>> GraceNote and cddb to populate its records. I realize that even a
> >>> MARC record has its limitations as far as what I want to
> >>> accomplish is concerned but it is far better than the other system
> >>> which tends to produce sketchy records at best and are more
> >>> involved with assigning genres than creating meaningful access
> >>> points.
> >>> Is there such a product as the one I am seeking available at a
> >>> price (up to a few hundred $) out there?
> >>> I have no exact count on the number of recordings that would need
> >>> to be cataloged, but I figure roughly 10-15K, so I don't think
> >>> creating a database from scratch without downloading records is a
> >>> practical reality. I have some professional experience as a
> >>> cataloger, though very little at all in the area of sound
> >>> recordings, so I don't mind a system that gets a
> >>> technical (within reasonable bounds).
> >>> Thanks,
> >>> Peter Hirsch