The following RFC (Request for Comments) was distributed on the IETF-Announce list in October 1997. The RFC defines an Internet Media type (i.e. MIME) for MARC, which would enable systems to identify a file of MARC record(s).
The RFC defines the IMT as application/marc to refer to the harmonized USMARC/CANMARC specification. Additional content- types/subtypes may be defined in the future (e.g. application/unimarc).
The following is from the RFC:
This memorandum provides a mechanism for representing objects which are files of Machine-Readable Cataloging records (MARC). The MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information. A MARC record contains metadata for an information resource following MARC format specifications.
Title: The Application/MARC Content-type
Author: R. Guenther
Date: October 1997
A copy of the RFC is also accessible from the MARC home page: http://www.loc.gov/marc
May 14, 1998
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