Date: October 28, 2004
Creator: Moen, William E. & Thomale, Jason
Description: This document discusses MARCdocs. MARCdocs, the MARC 21 Documentation Database, is a pilot effort aimed at structuring the textual documentation from the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data into a relational database. Using a database approach for the authoritative MARC documentation provides new opportunities for various applications, including more efficient maintenance of the documentation, easier and quicker updates and changes, exporting selected data in XML, as well as an aid to research into the development and evolution of MARC, a learning/reference tool for those seeking to understand the MARC format, and a tool to help those devising new bibliographic structures. The database was first envisioned by Dr. William Moen of the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences as a tool for his ongoing research into metadata utilization and interoperability. Dr. Shawne Miksa, Penelope Bernardino, JungWon Yoon, and Jason Thomale have carried this idea forward to implementation. This application uses open source software tools including Linux, MySQL, and PhP. Jason Thomale, a masters student in the School of Library and Information Sciences, designed and implemented the database, developed procedures for data loading, and designed and programmed the web interface for the MySQL database.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information