Encoding Standards Subcommittee 2017 Business Meeting Agenda

The Encoding Standards Subcommittee of the Music Library Association’s Cataloging and Metadata Committee will be meeting during MLA’s upcoming Annual meeting in Orlando.

This is an open meeting, so please join us on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 3:30 to 4:55 p.m. in Salon 5 of the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

View the agenda to see what cool things we’ll be discussing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxViFaIR72G1Y2JpVVJnbDNMTnM/view?usp=sharing

We hope to see you!

MLA’s MARC Proposals Supported by MARC Advisory Committee

I will be posting a link to some extensive notes about happenings at ALA Annual of interest to folks interested in all things encoding standards. But until then I wanted to share the news that MLA’s three MARC proposals were approved by the MARC Advisory Committee to move forward to the MARC Steering Group.

The three proposals in question:

  • 2016-09: Recording Distributor Number for Music and Moving Image Materials in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • 2016-08: Redefining Code Values in Field 008/20 (Format of Music) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • 2016-07: Defining Subfield $3 in Field 382 of the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Thanks very much to everyone who worked on the proposals or provided feedback!

My notes will also include further details on the MAC discussions about many of the discussion papers and proposals put forward by other organizations that are likely to be of interest to music folks.

Update on ProMusicDB

Over the years you may have followed the progress of ProMusicDB, a rights-management tool and resource that was designed to , among other things, help musicians register their involvement with specific performances and recordings. The project has the potential to generate identifiers that would give music catalogers and archivists very specific ways to distinguish recordings to the track and take level. It also allows musicians to self-register and has the potential to become a resource as a way to identify musicians who might not have had the profile to have been set up in one of the larger authority files.Because of its potential several in MLA and the Encoding Standards Subcommittee have taken a special interest its development.

ProMusicDB, like many other start-ups efforts, has taken some time to mature, but I’m happy to share a report from Christy Crowl at the link below that announces the milestone that they have begun accepting registrations, and summarizes some other work underway.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxViFaIR72G1LWI0MUkyRE0wWWc/view?usp=sharing

I’d like to thank Kimmy Szeto and Lisa McFall who have been involved with Christy Crowl since near its inception to support the ProMusicDB effort.

Encoding Standards Subcommittee Agenda 2016

The working agenda for the Encoding Standards Subcommittee meeting at MLA’s 2016 Cincinnatti meeting is up:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxViFaIR72G1dEtpU0ExUnRETWs/view?usp=sharing

This is a working agenda and may change slightly before the meeting. If you’d like to see something discussed please leave a comment or contact me.

We’ll be meeting on Friday March 4 in Salon H/I. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!

Encoding Standards, Linked Data, BIBFRAME at Midwinter

Interested in linked data, BIBFRAME or MARC news from the recent ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston? I’ve written up minutes to several of the meetings I was able to attend during the conference, and these should be of particular interest to folks with an interest in encoding standards.

Some trends:

  • Full BIBFRAME implementation remains on the horizon, though closer than before.
  • MARC is definitely not dead, though it definitely is eyeing a linked data future.
  • Small linked data projects abound, and they seem closer to knitting together to form useful interfaces and tools.
  • Some linked data practitioners are getting more interested in the social space around their work, and are looking closer at issues of diversity, inclusiveness and privacy.

See the minutes at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxViFaIR72G1eUpOOGxxVVRfSzQ/view?usp=sharing

Please post your thoughts in the comments!