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Thanks John

“ISO 52186 defines its gender codes as codes for the representation of human sexes. The only
options are 0 (not known), 1 (male), 2 (female), and 9 (not applicable). The group considered
both the definitions and choices too restrictive for the needs of catalogers.”

Sounds fair. So the point could become moot. I still think that to use the ISO correctly you’d need to record the code, rather than a data label that is mentioned in the text.

Currrently we use LCSH terms in 375, because we have a copy of LCSH on Aleph from which we can insert. If the subset of LCDGT gender terms that the report recommends is adopted by PCC as best practice, in the DCM, then I’ll get those terms put on a  drop down menu for our cataloguers to use.

Regards
Richard

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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] ISO5218 in 375 in LC/NAF

Richard,

See the agenda for the upcoming PCC Policy Committee meeting (https://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/calendar.html).
On that agenda (Thursday at 4:00) is the report of a task group on coding gender which addresses ISO5218 briefly.  Direct link:
http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/documents/PoCo-2016/Gender_375 field_RecommendationReport.pdf<http://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/documents/PoCo-2016/Gender_375%20field_RecommendationReport.pdf>

John

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]]<mailto:[mailto:[log in to unmask]]> On Behalf Of Moore, Richard
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Subject: [PCCLIST] ISO5218 in 375 in LC/NAF

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.


Regards
Richard

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