This is an interesting problem, but it's not a problem with the authority toolkit, per se. There's something wrong with the data either as it lives in OCLC, or as it's being presented in Connexion.


Here's the last 670 field in no2016046819:


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Looks perfectly reasonable. But if a Connexion macro asks for the text of that field, the stuff following the first "Penelope" in subfield $b is not as it appears. Following the final "e" in "Penelope" one would expect to be handed a space, and then a "1". Instead, one is handed character hex 0F, a space (hex 20), character hex 0E, and another space. Four bytes instead of the expected 2 bytes, and an unclear path to the reconstruction of the original text. (In case you're wondering, U+0F20 and U+0F2E are Tibetan characters. Reversing the bytes in case you're feeling big-endian [I think] we get U+200F and U+200E, the right-to-left and left-to-right markers.)


The record in the MARC distribution (it came in issue 16.15) does not have this problem.


OCLC: Can you explain this one?


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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] recording date of birth in field 670 of name authority records


One note of caution regarding copying text from HTML pages and pasting it into OCLC records: There are sometimes hidden characters embedded in the web pages, which OCLC's Connexion seems not to mind. (I encounter these non-MARC characters when I update NARs using Gary Strawn's Authority Toolkit.) I'd recommend taking the extra step of copying web data into a text editor, e.g., Notepad, and then copying the pure text into the NAR.


On 4/28/2017 10:18 AM, Kevin M Randall wrote:

The Wikipedia example under RDA cited below appears to me as a great example of an ideal way of putting information into the 670:  copy and paste pieces of information from an electronic source.  There is no prohibition against modifying the data into another form, but—unless the result is an increase in clarity—the only thing being accomplished is putting in extra work.


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Northwestern University Libraries

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