[OAI-implementers] FW from Jeff Young: MARC to DC Translator (ALPHA)

elly elly@CS.Cornell.EDU
Thu, 25 Jan 2001 12:10:35 -0500

From:	Young,Jeff 
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 
availability yet.

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
 Voice:	614-764-4342
 Fax:		614-764-2344
 Email:	jyoung@oclc.org