On 31 January 2013 19:11, Mitchell, Michael
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> Perhaps I was too brief. Right now if I need a MARC record for what I'm cataloging I can use Z39.50 software to find it and transfer it to my local system. In fact I can do a batch of downloads at one time. How will I do that with BibFrame? Copy/download the BibFrame "record" like a Web page? One at a time? Sorry if this is too simplistic a question.

It's an excellent question!

Personally, I think Z39.50 needs to go to the trash heap of history,
together with MARC, ISO 2709, punctuation in data elements, SIP2 and
other remnants of an era that is long gone by outside of "library

The good news is that RDF/Semantic Data are born to be shared, through
things like SPARQL and a host of different exchange/serialization
formats. So do not worry, the new tools that will emerge will do what
you want, one way or another, and hopefully better than the current

The question does raise another interesting problem though: As far as
I can tell, moving from MARC to RDF should mean that the concept of
the "record" as an island unto itself is dead - the future is built up
of descriptions of "things" that are linked to each other, in
interesting ways. One challenge might be: If we want to "copy" a
description of a "thing", how far should we follow the links it is
involved in? When have we harvested enough of the context to have a
good description of the "thing"?

We live in interesting times! ;-)

Best regards,
Magnus Enger