Re: new iafa draft

Thomas Krichel <> Fri, 12 January 1996 16:37 UTC

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Subject: Re: new iafa draft
To: Jon Knight <>
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  Jon writes:

> This I think is a very important point; the big advantage of IAFA is that
> it is simple to encode and most people can easily get to grips with it. 

  From my experience of trying to get people to encode their own resources,
  this point can not be overemphasised.

> I've a feeling that all the URC/metadata efforts are going to hit this 
> problem where you want to keep things simple for new users but still 
> offer a reasonable complete set of attributes (or an upgrade path to 
> another format) for more advanced cataloguers.

  I agree. A case could be made to establish authorities that
  would check and transform the records into an orderly catalogue.
  This could be subject based and could also organise the attribution
  of URNs.

  Thomas Krichel