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MARCXML

<datafield tag="035" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">(OCoLC)480984</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="040" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">DLC</subfield> <subfield code="c">ODaWU</subfield> <subfield code="d">OCoLC</subfield> <subfield code="d">DLC</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="050" ind1="0" ind2="0"> <subfield code="a">F1226</subfield> <subfield code="b">.S8</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="100" ind1="1" ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">Strode, Hudson,</subfield> <subfield code="d">1893-</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="245" ind1="1" ind2="0"> <subfield code="a">Timeless Mexico.</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="260" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">New York,</subfield> <subfield code="b">Harcourt, Brace and company</subfield> <subfield code="c">[1944]</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="300" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">436 p.</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="504" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">Bibliography: p. 425-430.</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="651" ind1=" " ind2="0"> <subfield code="a">Mexico</subfield> <subfield code="x">History.</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="985" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="e">OCLC REPLACEMENT</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="991" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="b">c-GenColl</subfield> <subfield code="h">F1226</subfield> <subfield code="i">.S8</subfield> <subfield code="t">Copy 1</subfield> <subfield code="w">OCLCREP</subfield> </datafield> <datafield tag="099" ind1=" " ind2=" "> <subfield code="a">strode-timeless-1071960935</subfield> </datafield> </record> </collection>

Yes, the MARC record is much more compact, and the MARCXML file is much more verbose. On the other hand, the MARCXML file is much easier to read by humans as well as computers. To prove the point, look at the MARC record and ask yourself, "What is the title of this book?". Now ask the same question of the MARCXML file. Hmmm...

More importantly, there are many more tools enabling the manipulation of XML data structures than MARC data structures. Despite the fact that MARC was born in the mid-1960's, there is an overwhelm- ing desire by information professionals to repurpose XML data as opposed to MARC data. This is why "MARC must die". It is a data structure that has outlived its usefulness. The information contained in a

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