Study of MARC 21 Fields
This may not sound very exciting, but this project, funded by IMLS and performed by the UNT Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, will have huge ramifications. Basically, Dr. Shawne D. Miksa and Dr. William E. Moen will investigate catalogers’ use of MARC 21. David Bigwood has an excellent overview of this project on Catalogablog.
Although this will be extremely helpful to catalogers, it will also be valuable to those of us working with digital libraries and their metadata. This project could help us identify core elements that could be used (directly or via mapping) within digital libraries.
If you are interested in following this more closely, you can find information on the project’s web site — MARC Content Designation Utilization: Inquiry and Analysis.