[Koha] Completeness of records for importing

franc at library.iisc.ernet.in franc at library.iisc.ernet.in
Wed Aug 22 20:51:17 NZST 2012

On Wed, 22 Aug 2012, Fischer, Katrin wrote:

> Hi Francis,
> I would recommend against changing the zebra configuration and mapping 
> of fields. It will most likely cause you some problems later on like 
> keeping your customizations on every update and making more changes as 
> new features get build on the data in those fields.
> Normally you would store the year in 2 fields, in 260$c you are more flexible. Data here can contain something like "c2012" - alphanumerical.
> In 008 you normally store a normalized year in 4 numbers. This will be used  by Koha for features like the date range search in advanced search.
> I am not sure how MarcEdit can do that, as I am only using the basic features, but maybe someone else can help you here.
> Hope this makes sense,
> Katrin
Hi Katrin, Thank you for your observations. And, thanks to all the others 
who been providing very useful tips to my original posting. I, now, have a 
better understanding of the field 008 particularly its positions 07-10.

I'm still very much in the testing phase. Will take a decision about 
using the 008 field once I'm ready for the production system.

Best, Francis

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz im Auftrag von Savitra Sirohi
> Gesendet: Mi 22.08.2012 06:24
> An: franc at library.iisc.ernet.in
> Cc: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
> Betreff: Re: [Koha] Completeness of records for importing
> Francis, just want to share with you what we do - which is to ignore 008.
> We just change zebra configuration to use 260c instead of 008 where required.
> On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM,  <franc at library.iisc.ernet.in> wrote:
>> On Tue, 21 Aug 2012, Paul wrote:
>>> At 02:29 PM 8/21/2012 +0530, franc at library.iisc.ernet.in wrote:
>>> [snip]
>>>> Field 008 has been generated by the MarcEdit tool. Should it be
>>>> substituted with 260$c using the same tool? I did look up the LoC site to
>>>> have a better understanding of the field 008. It says character position
>>>> 07-10 as Date1. Could you please let me know as to what does 'Date1' refer
>>>> to?
>>> "Date 1/beginning date of publication" -- pls see
>>> <http://www.loc.gov/marc/umb/um07to10.html#part10> -- for books (rather than
>>> serials, which can also have an "ending date of publication") this date is
>>> most often the same as 260$c (for a full discussion of 260$c and 260$g, see
>>> <http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd260.html>.)
>>> Paul
>> Thank you, Paul, for the clarification and also for the pointers. Its still
>> not clear to me as to how should the value of 260$c be assigned to the
>> positions 7-10 of field 008?
>> Thanks and regards, Francis
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