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Internationalisation of the German Standards: Moving to MARC 21


After the end of the project "Changing for International Formats and Codes (MARC 21, AACR2)" the Committee for Library Standards agreed upon the uniform use of MARC 21 as the exchange format for all libraries in the German-speaking world. Furthermore the Committee commissioned the German national library and the Expert Group Data Formats to prepare the mandatory application of MARC 21 as the uniform exchange format.

The following subprojects and working packages were coordinated within the framework of the project "Internationalisation of the German Standards: Moving to MARC 21":

  1. Introduction of MARC 21 as the uniform exchange format
    (amongst others a translation of MARC 21 Concise, an expertise on a possible move to MARCXML, the organisation of workshops for experts and to inform library suppliers, as well as the development of a web and XML-based editing system).
  2. Development of the cataloguing code
  3. Improvement of the cooperation in the field of authority data


German Research Foundation (DFG)

Project duration

July 2006 - June 2009

Further information (available only in German)

Last update: 26.09.2014

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