[OAI-implementers] FW from Jeff Young: MARC to DC Translator (ALPHA)
Thu, 25 Jan 2001 12:10:35 -0500
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 8:57 AM
Subject: MARC to DC Translator (ALPHA)
Sorry for the cross-posting.
While working on an OAI repository, I had the need to convert
MARC communication format records to unqualified Dublin Core.
I searched the web for such a tool, without success, and
decided to write one based on OCLC's CORC system. I suspect
such a service would be useful for others as well, so I'd
like to announce the availability of the server for
evaluation purposes. Its status should be considered alpha,
and I can't make any long-term promises about its continued
I've set up a form from which records can be submitted to the
server at http://purl.org/alcme/marc2dc/index.html. If you
look closely, you'll see some caveats listed on the form, as
well as a reference to a file containing a few test records
I've put out on the web for you to play with.
Until it's been scrutinized, I wouldn't recommend that you
trust the results as definitive. I would also request that
you don't overburden the server by converting your entire
OPAC just yet. Just give it a poke and let me know what you
think. I'd be particularly interested in information and
perhaps even the comparison of results with any other MARC
to DC converters that people may know about.
Jeffrey A. Young
Senior Consulting Systems Analyst
Office of Research, Mail Code 710
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017-3395