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Hello

I recall that this has been discussed before, but I don’t recall an outcome.

There are currently 1593 NARs in LC/NAF, in which the 375 subfield contains the $2 source code ISO5218. The $a contains terms such as “male” and “female”.

However, ISO5218 “specifies a uniform representation of human sexes for the interchange of information”, by the means of numerical codes. It is a source of codes for the data elements Not known, Male, Female and Not Applicable (Inconnu, Masculin, Féminin and Sans objet).

RDA 9.7.1.3 says “Select a term from a standard list, if available”. DCM:Z1 says “prefer controlled vocabulary, such as LCSH, recording the source in subfield $2”. ISO5218 is neither a standard list of terms, nor a controlled vocabulary; it’s a source of codes for data interchange.


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Richard

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