I agree, Helen, and I know that this was the feedback from the US Test
which caused the Library of Congress to set up the Bibliographic Framework
Transition Initiative to look at options beyond MARC - simply because
cataloguers reported that MARC couldn't really accommodate RDA.
I think that's why I found the RDA template easier in the end.
On Oct 25 2012, Helen Doyle wrote:
>Musings over lunch:
> I'm struck more and more by the fact that RDA thinks very differently
> from the way in which MARC works. RDA feels like a huge bubble of related
> information, which you can approach from almost any angle and navigate
> around (very 3D), whilst MARC works in a much more rigid, linear,
> prescribed fashion.
> A bit like being given a recipe that allows you to bake every type of
> cake under the sun, with options for fancy icing and jam, then finding
> you have only a war-time ration to work with. (Maybe a tad extreme there,
> but best I can come up with!).
> We're trying to force RDA concepts into the strait-jacket that is MARC,
> because there's currently no other choice. I really like ideas such as
> "there may be other types of relationship between the specific volumes of
> a series that you need to bring out", but MARC is too linear to properly
> capture this. I want to link to everything possible in order to show the
> user how much related stuff there is out there, but then I remember I
> have to use MARC to encode it all and most of my ideas have to go.
>Anyway, just a thought.
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>>>> "Danskin, Alan" <[log in to unmask]> 10/25/2012 12:04 pm >>>
>In RDA you can transcribe what is actually on the source in the series
>statement. In RDA you can even use sources outside the resource see
>However you can make a relationship to the series as a whole. In MARC
>this is what we do when we use an 830. In RDA this is a whole-part
>relationship and it obviates the need to relate directly to other membrs
>of the series.
>Of course, there may be other types of relationship between the specific
>volumes of a series that you need to bring out, for example if there was
>a sequential relationship between the resource being catalogued and
>another volume in the series, but not reflected by the series numbering.
>These relationsbips can be mande using authorised access points, if you
>have enough information, or using structured or unstructured
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