>Date: Thu, 31 Aug 1995 10:13:41 +0100
>From: [log in to unmask]
I've newly signed up with the TEI discussion group. The welcome note
asks for planned or existing encoding projects - so here is my
I am an informatics contractor working for a library automation vendor.
They are planning an ambitious new library product which will manage all
library resources, not just books.These resources include local and
remote databases and catalogues.
They have a big investment in processing of MARC records but recognise
the limitations of this scheme for cataloguing anything other than books
(eg museum artefacts, serials, Web data etc.). The TEI offers the
possibility of a vehicle for cataloguing diverse resources.
As a start point, I would like to know what is in the pipeline regarding
the representation of MARC data in structured SGML format. MARC and
AACR2 rules are highly complex, virtually impenetrable for a
non-cataloguer. MARC fields show high dependence on each other which
suggestst there is an underlying structure waiting to be represented in
a better way - which may be SGML.
Some leading references/discussion threads pertaining to resource
discovery, metadata and MARC would be gratefully received.