Samuel Duncan

Hi artist files fans, especially those who are interested in learning more about batch processing sets of artist files names into MARC:

I’m sharing this super-relevant post written by¬†Karen Smith-Yoshimura of OCLC Research. As we learned at the 2018 Artist Files SIG meeting, there is great interest among our group to increase (and improve standardization) of MARC records in WorldCat for artist files collections. As the post underscores, MarcEdit remains the prominent tool for processing data in and out of MARC. The software provides a Swiss-army-knife approach to options and includes a Connexion plug-in, which allows¬†batch-editing of records within MarcEdit and then uploading the edited records back into WorldCat. MarcEdit supports the following services (among many others):

  • Data transformations
  • Enhancing vendor records
  • Building MARC records from spreadsheets
  • Linked data reconciliation
  • De-duplication of records within a file
  • Merging two or more records into one
  • Z39.50 harvesting
  • Metadata reconciliation before sending records to other systems

At the ARLIS/NA 2018 Annual Meeting convocation and awards ceremony, Paul Chan, keynote speaker, introduced the Society to files, a sly riff on our definition of “artist files” that comments on how digital files are elemental parts of an artist’s creative output.

Badlands Unlimited, publisher of this series of digital objects, states, “A file is the work before the work. It is the ‘score’ that directs the printer, video projector, or speaker to create the expression that is experienced. And as such, artist files hold considerable value and potential in contemporary culture. They are works in their own right that illuminate the minds of some of the most compelling artists working today. ”

Selection of Paul Chan “Artist Files”