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  1. Andy Helck
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  3. Wednesday, 24 July 2019
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I'm trying to create tools that will help combat the problem our consortium faces with duplicate bibliographic records. Trained catalogers seem to have little difficulty comparing two bib records and declaring which one is preferred. Does anybody know of software that can perform this same function?

I know that there is a degree of subjectivity involved once the records pass through basic validation and are shown to conform to MARC 21 standards. An obvious approach is to rate records line by line assigning points for desirable fields with good data in the subfields. There are of course many many fields and subfields to consider so I would prefer not to re-invent the wheel on this.

Best of all would be an algorithm that could learn from a large sample of bib records that were rated by trained catalogers and figure out its own rules...perhaps that is pretty far in the future?


Andy Helck
Wilkinson Public Library
Telluride CO 81435

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