ORIGINAL STUDY

Functional Analysis of the MARC 21
Bibliographic and Holdings Formats

Prepared for the Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress
by Tom Delsey


This document contains the original study, "Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Format." Please see www.loc.gov/marc/frbr/functional-analysis.html for the latest revision of it.


In 2001, the Network Development and MARC Standards Office commissioned a study to examine MARC 21 from several perspectives:

The study used the models from IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and the related The Logical Structure of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules and was carried out by the consultant who was largely responsible for those studies, Tom Delsey, of Thomas J. Delsey consultancy. By sponsoring this analysis and making it available, the Network Development and MARC Standards Office and others can use the information when analyzing or making decisions related to format maintenance, system implementation, and data sharing. The study will be an important tool for continuing development of MARC 21.

The study is in the PDF format. You may need Acrobat Reader 5 to view these pages.

Only Appendices D and E have been updated to reflect the 2002 MARC 21 format changes (Update No 3). Appendix D extends the FRBR model to cover data elements in MARC not in the original model. Appendix E maps the totality of MARC to the original plus the extended model.

Links to the study are below. Please note that the document is extensive. Therefore, larger appendices are divided into numbered sections for faster downloading. The number of pages in each section is indicated.


DOCUMENT CONTENTS

Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats [18 pages] Updated!
Appendix A - Mapping of MARC Data Elements to FRBR and AACR [125 pages]
[1], pages 1-30 [30 pages]
[2], pages 31-60 [30 pages]
[3], pages 61-90 [30 pages]
[4], pages 91-125 [34 pages]
Appendix B - Mapping of FRBR to MARC Data Elements [58 pages]
Appendix C - Mapping of AACR to MARC Data Elements [55 pages]
Appendix D - Extending the FRBR Model to Reflect the Data Content of the MARC Bibliographic and Holdings Formats [57 pages] Updated!
Appendix E - Mapping of MARC Data Elements to User Tasks [108 pages] Updated!
Introduction, pages 1-3
Table (part 1), pages 1-55 [55 pages]
Table (part 2), pages 56-97 [42 pages]
Notes, pages 1-8
Download Appendix E in Access 2000 via FTP [23 MB] (right click on the link and save the file to your hard drive)
Download Appendix E in an ASCII delimited text file via FTP [317 KB]
Appendix F - Mapping of Metadata Entities and Attributes to MARC Data Elements [32 pages]

RELATED STUDIES

The Network Development and MARC Standards Office would like to learn about research or experimentation that users undertake using information from this document. Over time either a list of projects and/or a bibliography of studies will be compiled.

If there are questions or corrections please contact us at: [email protected].


UPDATE HISTORY

2002-03-21:
Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings Formats
Appendix D
Appendix E
2002-08-13:
Appendix E -- added additional fields and other information from MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings 2001 updates; also made available in Access 2000 and in an ASCII delimited text file.

2003-07-10:
Appendix E -- added additional fields and other information from MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings 2002 updates
2003-07-14:
Appendix D -- added a definition to record attributes to accommodate the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Holdings 2002 updates


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