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Changing for International Formats and Codes (MARC 21, AACR2)

During its meeting on December 6, 2001, the Committee for Library Standards made the case for a change from the German cataloguing code RAK and data exchange format MAB to the Anglo-American standards AACR and MARC. However, due to the considerable structural and financial consequences, the committee asked Die Deutsche Bibliothek to draw up a study examining general conditions, ramifications and time requirements prior to a final decision.

Hereupon Die Deutsche Bibliothek filed an application for the funding of such a study by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The project "Changing for international formats and codes (MARC 21, AACR2)" began on 12 November 2002 and was completed within the 18th month schedule in May 2004. The final report of the project was submitted by Die Deutsche Bibliothek to the DFG in September 2004.

The library commission of the DFG approved the final report during its session on 8 October 2004. Because of the immense public interest, Die Deutsche Bibliothek published the project’s Final report and the report of the Project "Changing for international formats and codes (MARC 21, AACR2)" on its website with agreement of DFG.

Most of the documents are available in German only.

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Last update: 26.09.2014

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