MARC: News and Announcements (July 12, 2005)

TECHNICAL NOTICE

Additions to the MARC Country and Geographic Area Code Lists

Network Development and MARC Standards Office


The codes listed below have been approved for use in MARC 21 records. They include MARC country and geographic area codes for states and territories in Australia requested by the National Library of Australia.

From 1972 until the adoption of USMARC as the national standard in 1991, Australia had its own MARC specification, AUSMARC, that included more specific country codes for states and territories. The National Library of Australia has continued to use these more specific codes in its national bibliographic database for the ability to retrieve data by state and territory jurisdiction.

Codes are available at this level for similar jurisdictions in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The following new codes are defined for Australian states and territories and will be included in the next edition of the MARC Code List for Countries.

New code Place name Previously coded
aca Australian Capital Territory at
xga Coral Sea Islands Territory at
xna New South Wales at
xoa Northern Territory at
qea Queensland at
xra South Australia at
tma Tasmania at
vra Victoria at
wea Western Australia at

The following new codes are defined for Australian regions and will be included in the next edition of the MARC Code List for Geographic Areas.

New code Place name Previously coded
u-atc Central Australia u-at
u-ate Eastern Australia u-at
u-atn Northern Australia u-at

Note that specific GAC codes were already available for the Australian states/territories listed above.

Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting these changes in all distribution services no earlier than September 12, 2005. Questions regarding the country and geographic area codes should be directed to:

Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4305
(202) 707-4380
[email protected]


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