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This paper looks at three avenues of exploration related to bibliographic records that the World Wide Web environment invites--sorting out the level of control for Web material, reevaluating aspects of descriptive content requirements for these materials, and experimenting with new format structures. Part I discusses extending MARC for Web resources, including the extensive development of online electronic resources in the early 1990s, the establishment of a MARC field for electronic location and access, and key aspects of the Web's bibliographic control environment. Part 2 presents the following alternatives for control of Web resources: (1) unbundling the components of MARC, including MARC structure, content, and markup; (2) the Dublin Core data element set, including contributions of and issues with Dublin Core; (3) XML (eXtensible Markup Language) structure; and (4) the Resource Description Framework (RDF). Part 3 explores several related topics, including Web objects and the level of control, the "ephemeral" Web, the "research" Web, reevaluation of descriptive content, and exchange record structure. The conclusion suggests an agenda for librarians. The appendix presents a chart of the names for basic resource description metadata for common HTML (HyperText Markup Language) headers, Dublin Core elements, MARC core elements, TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) header elements, and ISO (International Standards Organization) 12083 elements. (MES)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Records, Cataloging, Library Role, Metadata, Standards, World Wide Web

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Author: McCallum, Sally

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