bibiography dtd?

Jerome McDonough jmcdonou at
Sat Nov 6 20:18:43 GMT 1999

At 11:54 AM 11/6/99 -0600, Reynolds, Gregg wrote:
>I'm in the process of xmlating (or is it xmlizing?) bibliographic data.  Is
>there a standard in the house?

Sort of, but it's really scary.  The official standard for interchange of
data within the U.S. is the USMARC standard.  There is an official SGML
version of it, developed by the Library of Congress, along with conversion
WARNING WILL ROBINSON: unless you've been to library school and paid
*close* attention in your cataloging class, about 33% of the DTD will be
incomprehensible on its face, and a lot of things you *think* you understand
don't mean what a rational person would assume they do.  Also, be forewarned 
that the two separate DTDs for the MARC stuff are rather large and
difficult to
However, any organization that does any significant processing of

data (publishers and libraries) typically has systems in place for dealing
records that get shipped to them.  If you use an SGML version of MARC for
own stuff (or XML that conforms to the SGML DTD), you should be able to
into MARC for record interchange with other people using MARC-based systems.

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