Planet Cataloging

July 01, 2015

Terry's Worklog

MarcEdit 6 Update

Changes in this update:

* 6.1.21
** Bug Fix: Conditional Delete - When selecting regular expressions -- there were times when the process wasn't being recognized.
** Enhancement: Conditional Delete - This function use to only work when using the Regular Expression option.  This now works for all options.
** Bug Fix: ValidateISBNs - Process would only process the first subfield.  If the subfield to be processed wasn't the first one, it wouldn't be validated.
** Enhancement: ValidateISSN: Uses mathematical formula to validate ISSNs.
** Bug Fix: Generate Fast Headings (Stand alone tool) -- LDR fields could be deleted.  
** Enhancement: Working to make the global edit functions a little more fault tolerant around record formatting.
** Enhancement: Generate MARC record from URL -- program generates MARC records from Webpages.  If you pass it an LC URL, it will generate data from the MARCXML.

At this point, only the Windows and Linux downloads were updated.  I'll be replacing the Mac download with the first version of the native OSX build the July 4th weekend.  You can get the updates either via the Automated updated tool or from the website at:


by reeset at July 01, 2015 03:45 AM

June 27, 2015


JSC on RDA releases statement on proposal to add “transgender” to RDA

JSC discussions on the Fast Track proposal from ALA to add the term “transgender” to the RDA Gender vocabulary have identified the need to review the treatment of personal data in RDA. The broader issues will be discussed more substantively at the the JSC’s meeting in November 2015. Following JSC policy, the ALA proposal must be withheld from the Fast Track process for the next release of RDA Toolkit.

The JSC will discuss the impact of recommending a specific vocabulary for the element in RDA Toolkit on the international, cultural heritage, and linked data communities that are the focus of the future strategy for the development of RDA. At the same time, the RDA Development Team is interested in the need for extensions and refinements of RDA vocabularies for “local” communities, and would be keen to collaborate with ALA in using its requirements as a case study to inform the JSC. This would also build on the updates made to the RDA Registry to accommodate the RDA/ONIX Framework. The JSC would welcome a report on these topics before the middle of October 2015. It would be useful if the report considered issues of vocabulary management as well as content.

-JSC Chair

by admin at June 27, 2015 06:30 PM

First Thus

ACAT Linked data, bibliographic data, and the nature of being

On 5/28/2015 4:49 PM, Williams, Ann wrote:
> So, if a patron wanted information say on The Lord of the Rings, instead of only pulling up MARC records and holding records for paper and e-resources with links to text or more information as well as records from subscription databases, they would also pull in information from publishers/jobbers, Wikipedia, Tolkien fan sites, Library of Congress records, IMDB, ? commercial vendors like Amazon? Would there also be a BUY button like Google is adding (Springerlink also does something similar)? So would the result be a web page with a holding record and various links or would the records be replaced by some sort of conglomerate record consisting of some text and links to various sites? Once you get beyond LC, I’d be concerned about the lifespan of the sites providing information. Publishers/jobbers go under or get purchased. Even LC could be under a different mandate in the future: less processing of popular materials for example.

I think you’re right, but it wouldn’t have to work that way. There would be no real compunction to add links to sites we don’t want and Amazon is a good case in point. Many of our users would probably like it. And if Amazon would demand a “Buy now!” button to link into their data, we would probably have to add it.

Another concern I see is if we decide that we want to add links from a specific site, e.g. FOAF or whatever, and *that site* decides to import from all and sundry, we could be importing all of that too. If the linked data universe really becomes popular (it hasn’t yet), there will be more and more pressure to make money from it. And they will find very clever people who will be able to do it.

> Would that mean RDA is no longer relevant, if we’re not inputting much text, just linking? Would we even need vendors supplying catalogs/discovery tools or just search through Google?

Of course, I have my own opinions about RDA. Better or worse, RDA is not at all needed for libraries to get into the linked data universe.

Once libraries implement linked data, it is difficult to see at this point precisely what will be the role of a local catalog or the local discovery tools. If our and everybody else’s records are available through the Googles, or through some other linked data sites, why would someone search a local catalog? Other than catalogers, of course.

Anyway, it seems to me that much (all?) of the highest level of linking will probably be done at the authority record level. By this, I mean that local catalogs will have links to or VIAF and from there the links would go out to dbpedia/wikidata and everything else. Having each library deal with everything would be overwhelming, it seems.

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by James Weinheimer at June 27, 2015 05:05 PM

June 26, 2015

Resource Description & Access (RDA)

RDA Cataloging Rules for Pseudonyms with MARC 21 Examples

PseudonymA name used by a person (either alone or in collaboration with others) that is not the person’s real name. (RDA Toolkit Glossary)
PseudonymA name assumed by an author to conceal or obscure his or her identity. (AACR2 Glossary) 

RDA Cataloging Rules for Pseudonyms

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Library of Congress / Program for Cooperative Cataloging practice for creating Name Authority Records (NARs) for persons who use Pseudonyms:

Q1. How many NARs are needed for contemporary persons who use pseudonyms

Q2. How do I decide which name to choose as the basic heading when creating NARs for a person with multiple pseudonyms? (DCM Z1 663— Complex see-also reference—Names)

Q3. Is it required to make a NAR for every pseudonym associated with a contemporary person? Some persons purport to have ten or more pseudonyms but in my catalog we only have works under one or two of those names – are there limits set on the number of NARs required? (DCM Z1 667 Cataloger Note section) 

Q4. Should the 663 note technique also be used in a corporate name NAR when providing 500 see-also references for the members of a group? (RDA Chapter 30) 

Q5. Can the 663 note be used without coding the 500 field with subfield $w nnnc? (MARC 21 Format for Authority Records, 663 field)

Q6. What about creating NARs for non-contemporary persons? Where is the guidance? 

Q7. What about different real names used concurrently by authors? 

Q8. How do I handle a situation when a pseudonym conflicts with another name and there is no information to add to either name to differentiate them? Do I create an undifferentiated NAR (or add the name to an undifferentiated NAR if it already exists)? Do I add the prescribed 663 note as well as the 500 coded “nnnc” to the undifferentiated NAR?

Q9. How do I handle LC classification numbers: Do I add the same LCC (053) on each NAR of a pseudonym? What if the pseudonym is used on non-literary works?

See also following Resource Description & Access (RDA) Blog posts:

by Salman Haider ( at June 26, 2015 11:42 PM

First Thus

ACAT Linked data, bibliographic data, and the nature of being

Posting to Autocat

On 26/05/2015 22.52, Schutt, Misha wrote:

The ultimate goal, I believe, is to sift WorldCat into a database of such triples, so that the query “Do you have any novels by Belgian women authors writing in the 19th century” can be answered as easily as “Do you have Season 2 of Breaking Bad on hand?”

I agree that this seems to be the goal. The big question, unanswered and as far as I am aware, still not seriously asked, is: Is this really the kind of searches that the public wants? For instance, to provide a reliable answer to the sort of question you have posed:
Do you have any [novels, non-fiction, poems, plays, …] by [Belgian women authors, male Russian authors, transgendered British authors, …] writing in the [all kinds of time periods are possible]
our databases cannot answer such questions at the moment. Our collections can answer that kind of question, and always have, but to use a library collection takes work and knowledge. Therefore if we want to create such a tool, a tremendous amount of information, or at the very least, a tremendous number of links must be added to our data, and those links will go all over the place. Will all that information, or all those links, be put in manually?

Therefore, to create the tools to answer such questions will require an enormous effort, costing scads of money and resources lasting over a long time. It seems only responsible to ask: How many people need answers to such questions? Is this the wisest use of our money and resources? Above all, do we have sufficient resources to complete the task? If we don’t have the resources now, when will we get them? If never, what does that mean? These are serious (and obvious) questions that should neither be ignored nor underestimated.

A corollary of this is the assumption that our catalogs will turn into something quite different from what they have always been. With this idea of linked data our catalogs will turn from the current tools that tell people where they need to go to get the answers they need, to a future tool that provides that information directly. The way it has always been is that the library collection provides the information the users need, but the user must enter into the collection and use it. The catalog would become an answer machine.

I certainly have nothing at all against such a change, so long as it is determined to be what the public really wants. But I am skeptical. Do people want something that they can rely upon to lead them to where the information is, so that they themselves can pick what they want among materials that have been expert-selected and objectively arranged? Or do they want some opaque algorithm or “URI links” that may come from who knows where, to choose their answers for them? If someone wants the latter, there are lots of places they can go now, and those options will only improve in the future. If you want the former however, it is difficult to find anything. Besides libraries.

Personally, I think a good step would be just to see the catalog actually work as it was supposed to, and that people could see, understand, and use the cross-reference structures that are now pretty much hidden in the catalog. I think people would like to discover that when they search for Mark Twain, that there are other forms they need to search too (even if those “textual strings” become URIs). Also, if somebody searches a subject such as “Love” I think they would like to see how many choices they would have, with related concepts, broader, narrower and so on.

The purpose of linked data was never to make your own data obsolete. This is a danger that I see. Linked data was seen just as a way of sharing the information that you have in ways that are more structured and hopefully more useful than just regular links into pdfs or databases with local structures that are difficult to figure out.


by James Weinheimer at June 26, 2015 02:45 PM

OCLC Cataloging and Metadata News

ALA Annual 2015

Please revisit this page to see presentations as they are added.

June 26, 2015 12:00 PM

June 25, 2015

Thingology (LibraryThing's ideas blog)

For ALA 2015: Three Free OPAC Enhancements


For a limited time, LibraryThing for Libraries (LTFL) is offering three of its signature enhancements for free!

There are no strings attached. We want people to see how LibraryThing for Libraries can improve your catalog.

  1. Check Library.

The Check Library button is a “bookmarklet” that allows patrons to check if your library has a book while on Amazon and most other book websites. Unlike other options, LibraryThing knows all of the editions out there, so it finds the edition your library has. Learn more about Check Library

  • Other Editions

    Let your users know everything you have. Don’t let users leave empty-handed when the record that came up is checked out. Other editions links all your holdings together in a FRBR model—paper, audiobook, ebook, even translations.

  • Lexile Measures

    Put MetaMetrics’ The Lexile Framework® for Reading in your catalog, to help librarians and patrons find material based on reading level. In addition to showing the Lexile numbers, we also include an interactive browser.

  • Easy to Add

    LTFL Enhancements are easy to install and can be added to every major ILS/OPAC system and most of the minor ones. Enrichments can be customized and styled to fit your catalog, and detailed usage reporting lets you know how they’re doing.

    See us at ALA. Stop by booth 3634 at ALA Annual this weekend in San Francisco to talk to Tim and Abby and see how these enhancements work.

    If you need a free pass to the exhibit hall, details are in this blog post.

    Sign up

    We’re offering these three enhancements free, for at least two years. We’ll probably send you links showing you how awesome other enhancements would look in your catalog, but that’s it.

    Find out more or email Abby Blachly at

    by Abby at June 25, 2015 05:31 PM

    Mod Librarian

    More Than 5 Things Thursday: DAM Ready Reference

    This week the fantastic Librarian Tips for DAM Managers series wraps up with this most useful article by Deb Fanslow. The DAM Ready Reference piece showcases many resources suitable for bookmarking. From general DAM articles, to metadata, taxonomy, UX, and digital preservation to open access publications and LIS organizations, this is a top notch one stop shop for information.

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    June 25, 2015 12:01 PM

    June 24, 2015

    TSLL TechScans

    OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Contest has a winner

    After a tightly contested race, the people have spoken. The contest to rename the OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grantclosed on June 5, and the winner is OBS/TS FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

    The winning entry was proposed by Karen Selden, who received an Amazon gift card for her efforts. The gifts of free SIS memberships, names drawn from the list of entrants, go to Calmer Chattoo (TS) and Kristina Alayan (OBS). With a hefty level of participation -- 50 proposed new names and 116 votes -- we are gratified that the grant has achieved some notoriety (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

    Please consider what you could do with a technical services research grant - no amount is too small and applications are considered on a rolling basis. More information and an application are available here!

    Thanks again to all those who proposed new names and to all those who voted!

    by (Jackie Magagnosc) at June 24, 2015 02:27 PM

    Resource Description & Access (RDA)

    Numbering of Serials in RDA Cataloging

    Resource Description & Access (RDA)

    Numbering of Serials

    • Numeric and/or alphabetic designation of first issue or part of sequence, chronological designation of first issue or part of sequence, numeric and/or alphabetic designation of last issue or part of sequence, and chronological designation of last issue or part of sequence are CORE ELEMENTS. Other numbering is optional.
    P         Look at instruction 2.6.1

    Numbering of serials is the identification of each of the issues or part of a serial. It may include a numeral, a letter, a character, or the combination of these with or without an accompanying caption (volume, number, etc.) and/or a chronological designation (RDA 2.6.2-2.6.5).

    Recording Numbering of Serials
    • Record numbers expressed as numerals or as words applying the general guidelines given under 1.8. Transcribe other words, characters, or groups of words and/or characters as they appear on the source of information. Apply the general guidelines on transcription given under 1.7.  Substitute a slash for a hyphen, as necessary, for clarity.
    • Record the number for the first issue; if it has ceased publication, record the last issue
    • If the numbering starts a new sequence with a different system, record the numbering of the first issue of each sequence and the numbering of the last issue of each sequence.
    362 0# $a Volume X, number 1-          (formatted style)
    362 1# $a Began with January 2010 issue (unformatted style) 

    [Source: Library of Congress]

    [This RDA Blog post is best viewed in Google Chrome web browser]

    Thanks all for your love, suggestions, testimonials, likes, +1, tweets and shares ....

    See also related posts in following RDA Blog Categories (Labels):

    by Salman Haider ( at June 24, 2015 08:31 AM

    June 23, 2015

    Thingology (LibraryThing's ideas blog)

    ALA 2015 in San Francisco (Free Passes)

    Kate at ALAMW15
    Our booth. But this is Kate, not Tim or Abby. She had the baby.

    Tim and I are headed to San Francisco this weekend for the ALA Annual Conference.

    Visit Us. Stop by booth #3634 to talk to us, get a demo, and learn about all the new and fun things we’re up to with LibraryThing for Libraries!

    Stay tuned this week for more announcements of what we’ll be showing off. No, really. It’s going to be awesome.

    Get in Free. In the SF area and want to go to ALA? We have free exhibit only passes. Click here to sign up and get one. It will get you just into the exhibit hall, not the conference sessions themselves.

    by Abby at June 23, 2015 06:17 PM

    June 22, 2015

    Resource Description & Access (RDA)

    Library Circulation : Glossary of Library & Information Science

    Librarianship Studies & Information Technology

    New Post on Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog provides a comprehensive definition of Library Circulation and related terms, viz. Circulation Desk, Circulation Analysis, Circulation History, and Circulation Statistics.

    Librarianship Studies & Information Technology

    by Salman Haider ( at June 22, 2015 11:44 AM

    June 19, 2015

    Terry's Worklog

    MarcEdit User-Group Meeting @ALA, June 26, 2015


    Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Friday, June 26, 2015
    Place: Marriott Marquis (map)
    Room: Pacific H, capacity: 30


    The MarcEdit user community is large and diverse and honestly, I get to meet far too few community members.  This meeting has been put together to give members of the community a chance to come together and talk about the development road map, hear about the work to port MarcEdit to the Mac, and give me an opportunity to hear from the community.  I’ll talk about future work, areas of potential partnership, as well as hearing from you what you’d like to see in the program to make your metadata live’s a little easier.  If this sounds interesting to you — I really hope to see you there.


    A *big* thank you to John Chapman and OCLC for allowing this to happen.  As folks might guess, finding space at ALA can be a challenging and expensive endeavor so when I originally broached the idea with OCLC, I had pretty low expectations.  But they truly went above and beyond any reasonable expectation, working with the hotel and ALA so this meeting could take place.  And why they didn’t ask for it — they have my personal thanks and gratitude.  If you can attend the event, or heck, wish you could have but your schedule made it impossible — make sure you let OCLC know that this was appreciated.

    by reeset at June 19, 2015 08:24 PM

    June 18, 2015

    Resource Description & Access (RDA)

    Libhub Initiative

    The Libhub Initiative aims to raise the visibility of Libraries on the Web by actively exploring the promise of BIBFRAME and Linked Data. 

    The objective of The Libhub Initiative is to publish BIBFRAME resources to the Web, cross-link resources which are common among libraries, and, through cross-linking improve the ability for people to discover these resources on the open Web. The goal is ultimately that users would then be able to click on appropriate resources and be taken back to the library’s catalog. 

    Libraries and memory organizations have rich content and resources the Web can't see or use today -- effectively making them dark collections and invisible archives.

    IMAGINE if libraries could represent themselves together in a way the Web could see and understand.

    This unified voice and utility is among the core promises of BIBFRAME and the Linked Data in Libraries movement. 

    [Source: Libhub]

    BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework) is a data model for bibliographic description. BIBFRAME was designed to replace the MARC standards, and to use linked data principles to make bibliographic data more useful both within and outside the library community. 

    Your Browser doesn't support for Iframe !

    See also:

    Additional links of possible interest 

    For years I have been confronted by non-library people about the relevance of libraries and library catalog in particular in this digital era. I was asked - What is their usefulness when your huge library data cannot interact with the web? Now with Libhub, I hope to answer them in future .... .... {Salman Haider}

    Response by John Richardson, Vice-President, Library & Vendor Partnerships, Zepheira

    Hello Salman:

    Thank you for your support and we too in North America are struggling with the same perceptions about libraries and their relevance. That’s why we created the Libhub Initiative. 

    We are appreciating your posts and ... ... ... 

    Your question: I particularly wanted to know if the Library of Congress has implemented BIBFRAME through Libhub or Zepheira. I do not see my cataloged records in Library of Congress database searchable through the internet. What happened to the job Library of Congress contracted to Zepheira?

    Answer: BIBFRAME (BF) is still evolving as a framework and several organizations including National Library of Medicine, George Washington University, University of California Davis and Zepheira along with LC are working on it - so it isn’t ready for production at this point. There is a good (and recent!) posting here on some of this work. 

    A clarification on Libhub - this is a separate project that will take MARC records and transform them into BF resources and we then publish them to the Web. In essence, we are creating a “linking” network with this data. The LC database has not been converted into BF resources at present and I’m not certain what their status is on that. Our contract with LC has concluded with our deliverables of architecting the framework. LC has hired other teams to work on a BF editor, data conversion tools and other elements. 

    Denver Public Library is the first library Zepheira has worked with to exposes their data to the Web. ~850,000 bib records transformed into 3.7M BF resources and those are being ingested by the Web as I write this. Enclosed is a screen shot that will help illustrate how this can work. (You can try a Google search from your location to see what comes up - and in what order). “molly brown cookbook” or “molly brown papers”

    RDA Blog
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    Teri Embrey, MLIS, Chief Librarian, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago, IL

    Thank you for sharing the link to this useful resource. 

    At the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, we have adopted some linked data practices which are practical now.  These practices are made possible by RDA and other schema that have been developed over the last few years.

    First, our website has complete integration with the Worldcat API.  For our website metadata, we are using OCLC subject headings.  Here’s an example of a holding:

    ·         NC-4 March by F. E. Bigelow

    When we upload photos of collection items to our website, we include the OCLC number in the photo name.  We are actively photographing our rare books and will move to photographing the covers of pre-1980 items from the circulating collection when that is completed.

    We are also participating as a Wikipedia GLAM institution.  For more on our Wikipedia GLAM project, see:

    As we move forward with RDA and other linked data standards, it is important to show potential stakeholders (administrators, library trustees, the general public) some of the real world applications of all the work we as a profession are doing behind the scenes to improve their discovery experiences.  Have you thought about including a section on your blog on catalogs, websites, etc. that are making the most of the RDA?


    Salman Haider
    LibHub says libraries need to use the Web. Hmm. They've been using the web and Internet resources since Mosaic ca. 1994...and before that. MARC, RDA, Dublin Core, and other iterations of cataloging, all, have issues of describing things as well as searching for them. For PhD candidates, I found a simple MEMO field in MS Access with all of the information in an LC record was at least more suited to searching than some of the library software. Do the above cataloging formats do as well? Musicians don't think so


    Clara Liao, Head of Cataloging & Metadata Sevices, Georgetown Law Library
    It sounds great. And Zepheira just announced the launch of libhub initiative for academic libraries. However, I contact them recently, they would charge $30,000 to $39,000 to join the project for one year (attendee may upload up to 100,000 records. ), bit expensive for many academic libraries with tight budget for just one year linked data testing.


    Salman Haider
    Interesting initiative, especially for those concerned with RDA and metadata issues


    [Revised 2015-06-19]

    Thanks all for your love, suggestions, testimonials, likes, +1, tweets and shares ....

    See also related posts in following RDA Blog Categories (Labels):

    by Salman Haider ( at June 18, 2015 11:41 PM

    TSLL TechScans

    FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program

    The Federal Depository Library Program conducted a successful pilot of their FLDP Coordinator Certificate Program during the spring of 2015. This FLDP Academy virtual program is designed to educate FDLP coordinators on managing depository collections in compliance with the program requirements of the FDLP.

    A webinar, FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program: Successful Flight of the Pilot, was presented and recorded Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The recording is available for viewing via the FDLP Academy Webinars and Webcasts page.

    Sign-ups for two initial training cohorts have been announced. The fall 2015 FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program will run from October – December 2015, with weekly sessions scheduled for either Wednesdays or Thursdays. Participants must be available to attend all sessions of their cohort and complete all assignments and assessments to earn a certificate. The program is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

    The FDLP plans to make recordings of the training materials presented available as webcasts via the FDLP Academy webcast site for depository personnel interested in selected topics, or not able to attend the full training sequence

    by (Jackie Magagnosc) at June 18, 2015 08:51 PM

    025.431: The Dewey blog

    Dewey Breakfast at ALA

    Going to ALA in San Francisco?  Join us for breakfast at 7:00 AM on Saturday June 27, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco - Yerba Buena Salon 01-03.

    Join us to hear two guest speakers discuss how Dewey is utilized in their libraries. Plus, learn about the latest decisions from the Dewey Editorial Policy committee.


    • Caroline Saccucci, Dewey Program Manager in the U.S., Programs, Law, and Literature Division: “Dewing the Dew” at LC : Best Practices from the LC Dewey Section” 
    • Michele Zwierski,Database Manager, Nassau Library System:  “To the edge of Dewey: Classification at the Nassau Library System”
    Time will be available for you to discuss how your library uses Dewey.

    Register for this and other OCLC ALA Events


    by Rebecca at June 18, 2015 02:40 PM

    Mod Librarian

    5 Things Thursday: DAM Best Practices, Interoperability, L.A. Menu Collection

    Here are five summer things:

    1. Adam Hess writes about best practices for DAM in this week’s installment of the Librarian Tips for DAM Managers series.
    2. On display at the Los Angeles Public Library – an amazing menu collection.
    3. Why are interoperability standards crucial to the evolution of digital asset management?
    4. DAM positions are going unfilled – find out the reasons from Elizabeth Keathley.
    5. Here…

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    June 18, 2015 12:26 PM

    Resource Description & Access (RDA)

    Clarification of Role in Statement of Responsibility : RDA Rule : Questions & Answers

    Question on Clarification of Role in Statement of Responsibility : RDA Rule by Omar Hernández Perez:

    What language is add a word or short phrase if necessary to clarify the role of a person, family, or corporate body named in a statement of responsibility? RDA

    1.  language/script of the resource 
    2.  language of the agency 
    Russlan und Ludmila : Oper in 5 Aufzügen /Mikhail I. Glinka ; [editado por] M. Balakirew und S. Liapunow

    RDA suggests to Add a word or short phrase if necessary to clarify the role of a person, family, or corporate body named in a statement of responsibility. Also it prescribes to indicate that the information was taken from a source outside the resource itself.

    The Addition made should be in the language/script of resource in which title proper is given.

    There is one RDA Rule for "Preferred Sources of Information in Different Languages or Scripts" : If the resource contains preferred sources of information in more than one language or script, use as the preferred source of information (in this order of preference). Under this six points are mentioned from a-f in the order of preference. 
    Under this the first option itself is: a) the source in the language or script that corresponds to the language or script of the content of the resource ... ...
    This rule can be interpreted and applied to the asked question.

    Note: RDA Blog users please evaluate this answer and express your opinions about this question/answer.

    [Revised 2015-04-22]

    by Salman Haider ( at June 18, 2015 10:37 AM

    June 17, 2015

    Terry's Worklog

    Working with the Clipboard on OSX

    Coming from the Windows and Linux world — the object where data is copy and pasted from is called the Clipboard.  Not so in OSX.  In OSX, this is referred to as the NSPasteBoard.  Should you need to get string data on and off of it – use the following:


    private static string[] pboardTypes = new string[] { "NSStringPboardType" };
    public void SetClipboardText(string text)
    	NSPasteboard.GeneralPasteboard.DeclareTypes(pboardTypes, null);
    	NSPasteboard.GeneralPasteboard.SetStringForType(text, pboardTypes[0]);
    public string GetClipboardText()
    	return NSPasteboard.GeneralPasteboard.GetStringForType(pboardTypes[0]);


    by reeset at June 17, 2015 10:23 PM