2 thoughts on “What counts as an important standard?

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  2. Bill Dueber

    The open-endedness of the question is also problematic. I immediately think about MARC because it’s in my face all the time — it’s complex enough and esoteric enough that my tools have trouble abstracting it away. OpenURL is a huge part of our operations, but of course it’s hidden behind SFX and the vendors. HTTP is so ingrained into our workflow that I never think of it at all.

    MARC “wins” that survey because MARC/AACR2 are the lingua franca of cataloging, and because it’s so ugly that even us non-catalogers have to deal with it in all its splendor.

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