To answer Michele's casual query:

I'm no expert, but I thought I'd share a little for those who may be curious: The "hrv" is likely derived from the Croatian language itself, or hrvatski jezik.  Also, Moldavian isn't the proper name for the language spoken in the Republic of Moldovan (formerly, Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic).  Now, the language is called Moldovan (limba moldovenească); linguistically, it is essentially Romanian (formerly Rumanian), but is termed nationalistically for political reasons -- thus the "mol" and "rum."  The "srp" and "scc" codes have to do with the Serbian Latin (Srpski jezik) or Serbian Cyrillic (Српски језик) scripts in which Serbian has been written.

Sorry for boring anyone with my semi-educated answer, but I do have an affinity for minor Eastern European matters.  Feel free to correct where I have erred.

Happy Wednesday!

~Amanda Ross

Project Archivist
Forest History Society

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Last month we upgraded our library search interface to a new tool which reads various things from MARC records to enable easy faceted searches, for example publication date, language, etc.  Some weird stuff showed up in the language facet, and in investigating it, we uncovered an interesting factoid which I thought I'd share.  EAD says that @LANGCODE in the LANGMATERIAL element should use the ISO 639.2 codes; however, our new search tool recognizes only MARC codes.  So I mapped the two to see how different they were, and it turns out the two code lists are identical apart from three instances.  Interestingly, all three are Eastern European languages -- Croatian (ISO code hrv and MARC code scr), Moldavian (ISO code rum and MARC code mol), and Serbian (ISO code srp and MARC code scc).

Anyone have any idea where/why they came up with "hrv" for Croatian??


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Michele Combs
Manuscripts Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
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Syracuse, NY  13244
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