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WorldCat Validation release notes, February 2020

 

Release Date: February 7, 2020

Introduction

This release of changes to WorldCat Validation involves the following new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

  • New features and enhancements:
    • OCLC-MARC Validations of New MARC Codes Announced November 2019, December 2019, and January 2020.
    • OCLC-MARC Bibliographic Update, Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter.
    • OCLC-MARC Authority Update, Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter.
    • OCLC-MARC Holdings Update, Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Correction of Validation Rules for Bibliographic Field 015.
    • Removal of Obsolete Values for Bibliographic Field 243 First Indicator.
    • Correction of Repeatability for Bibliographic Field 341 Subfield $a.
    • Harmonization of Bibliographic Fields 650/690 and 651/691.
    • Removal of Obsolete Values for Bibliographic Field 740 Second Indicator.
    • Increase in Maximum Length of Codes in Subfield $5.

These enhancements and fixes are the result of announcements of new MARC elements and codes by the Library of Congress as well as feedback and requests from members of the OCLC cooperative.

New features and enhancements

OCLC-MARC Validations of New MARC Codes Announced November 2019, December 2019, and January 2020

You may now use all new MARC Codes announced by the Library of Congress in the following LC Technical Notices:

Classification Scheme Source Codes

The following source codes have been added to the Classification Scheme Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

  • cmedlit - Classification for medical literature by Eileen R. Cunningham (Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press)
  • gestsk - Title index to the catalogue of the Gest Oriental Library compiled by I.V. Gillis and Pai Ping-ch'i (Peking: Kwei Li Press)

Gender Code and Term Source Codes

The following source code has been added to the Gender Code and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Name and Title Authority Source Codes

The following source codes have been added to the Name and Title Authority Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Standard Identifier Source Codes

The following source codes have been added to the Standard Identifier Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

Subject Heading and Term Source Codes

The following source codes have been added to the Subject Heading and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

OCLC-MARC Bibliographic Update, Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter

You may now use the following newly-defined Bibliographic elements implemented as part of OCLC-MARC Bibliographic Update Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter, from the MARC 21 Bibliographic format changes announced in MARC 21 Bibliographic Update No. 29 November 2019):

  • In Bibliographic field 041 (Language Code), new subfields $i (Language code of intertitles (R)) and $t (Language code of accompanying transcripts for audiovisual materials (R)) have been defined and existing subfield $g (Language code of accompanying material other than librettos) has been renamed as “Language code of accompanying material other than librettos and transcripts.”
  • New Bibliographic field 688 (Subject Added Entry-Type of Entity Unspecified (R)) has been defined.
  • In Bibliographic field 751 (Added Entry-Geographic Name), new subfield $g (Miscellaneous information (R)) has been defined.

OCLC-MARC Authority Update, Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter

Because there are no changes to the MARC 21 Format for Authority Data for Update No. 29 (November 2019), there are no resulting changes to either the OCLC-MARC Authority validation rule set that includes all valid elements of MARC 21 Authority Format or to the OCLC-MARC Authority validation rule set for LC Names and Subjects.

Upcoming changes to the OCLC-MARC Authority validation rule set for LC Names and Subjects will be announced separately.

OCLC-MARC Holdings Update, Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter

You may now use the following newly-defined Holdings elements implemented as part of OCLC-MARC Holdings Update Fiscal Year 2020, Third Quarter, from the MARC 21 Holdings format changes announced in MARC 21 Holdings Update No. 29 (November 2019):

  • Holdings field 008/06, previously named “Receipt or Acquisition Status,” has been renamed “Receipt, Acquisition, or Access Status.” New code value “6” (External Access) has been defined for “Online content accessed via a third-party platform, e.g., through a publisher’s website, content provider, etc.”

Bug fixes

Correction of Validation Rules for Bibliographic Field 015

You may now enter Bibliographic field 015 (National Bibliography Number) with either subfield $a (National Bibliography Number) or subfield $z (Canceled/Invalid National Bibliography Number) and you are required to include a valid subfield $2 (Source). Previously, subfield $2 was not required.

Removal of Obsolete Values for Bibliographic Field 243 First Indicator

You may no longer use three obsolete values in the Bibliographic field 243 (Collective Uniform Title) First Indicator (Uniform Title Printed or Displayed):  7 (Works), 8 (Selections), and 9 (Other Collective Titles). Previously, these obsolete values had been defined for use in the British Library’s UKMARC bibliographic format.

Correction of Repeatability for Bibliographic Field 341 Subfield $a

You may now include only one subfield $a (Content Access Mode) in Bibliographic field 341 (Accessibility Content). Previously, the subfield had been incorrectly implemented as repeatable.

Harmonization of Bibliographic Fields 650/690 and 651/691

You may now use the same set of subfields in the local Bibliographic field 690 (Local Subject Added Entry--Topical Term) as in the standard field 650 (Subject Added Entry--Topical Term). Likewise, you may now use the same set of subfields in the local Bibliographic field 691 (Local Subject Added Entry—Geographic Name) as in the standard field 651 (Subject Added Entry-- Geographic Name). Previously, the validation of subfields had inadvertently been out of step. The following validation corrections have been made:

  • Subfield $1 validated in field 650.
  • Subfield $1 validated in field 651.
  • Subfields $0, $1, and $4 validated in field 690.
  • Subfields $0, $1, $4, and $e validated in field 691; subfield $b made invalid in field 691.

Removal of Obsolete Values for Bibliographic Field 740 Second Indicator

You may no longer use three obsolete values in the Bibliographic field 740 (Added Entry–Uncontrolled Related/Analytical Title) Second Indicator (Type of Added Entry):  0 (Alternative Entry), 1 (Secondary Entry/Printed on Card), and 3 (Not Printed on Card). Instances of these obsolete values have been converted to blank in WorldCat.

Increase in Maximum Length of Codes in Subfield $5

You may now include institution codes of any length in subfield $5 (Institution to Which Field Applies) in Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings records. Previously, codes were limited to eight characters, accommodating MARC Organization Codes and Canadian MARC Organization Codes. Codes of lengths greater than eight characters, derived from other sources, may now be included in subfield $5.

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