Mac, thanks for adding to the goals. It would be great to keep a list  
somewhere - maybe there should be a bibframe wiki?

Both your list and mine have a mix of data format considerations and  
goals for eventual applications. Those should probably be different  
lists, and the data format could be "measured" against how well it  
might serve the eventual applications. It may not be possible to  
achieve absolutely all of our application goals, but we can't make  
informed choices unless we know what those goals are.


Quoting "J. McRee Elrod" <[log in to unmask]>:

> Karen Coyle <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> [From my blog post
> I see nothing here to which to object, as the gourmand said to the
> waiter, handing back the menu.
> There are, however, several major goals I would add:
> -The existence of systems for data entry, display, and record
>  exchange; as freeware or at a cost even the smallest library can
>  afford.
> -The ability of bibliographic utilities to accept the new scheme.
> -Ease of data entry.
> -Compatibility with legacy bibliographic record coding, whether by
>  interoperability or ease of crosswalk.
> -Ease of transition to a patron friendly OPAC or print display,
>  without extensive rearrangement of data, as was the case with the
>  original MARC.  This includes coding of notes in desired display
>  order, a major failing of current MARC.
> -Granularity as least as great as MARC.
> -Language neutrality.
> -Ease of substitution of icons or patron intelligible terms for
>  strange terms in data, e.g., RDA media terms.
> -Ease of substitution of language neutral or other language inclusions
>  for "language of the catalogue" phrases.
> -Reduction in redundancy of data entry which exists between MARC fixed
>  and variable fields.
> -Uniform meaning of all codes across all genres, contrary to MARC's
>  fixed fields.
> Just as the goals of RDA could have been more easily met by revisions
> to AACR2 or an AACR3, so I suspect these goals could be more easily
> met by revisions to MARC21 or a MARCX, than by a totally new scheme.
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