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Cultural Organizations Code Datatype

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  • Scope Notes

    • The datatype is composed of basic Latin alphabetic characters and the dash (-). Parentheses occur in some obsolete codes but are avoided in newly assigned codes. Dashes are counted in determining the maximum length of a code, but are ignored in sorting and in determining uniqueness. Codes generally consist of a combination of upper and lowercase alphabetic characters, although they may consist of all upper or all lowercase letters. The use of upper and lowercase letters helps to improve the readability of the codes. Case is ignored in sorting and in determining uniqueness. Codes are variable in length but should not exceed eight characters. The dash (-) that is used in some codes is included in the character count. Beginning in 1989, codes found to contain more than eight characters were either shortened or made obsolete in favor of a newly-assigned (shorter) code conform to a new policy agreed upon by various MARC users. There are some exceptions to these rules. More information is available at
  • Example Notes

    • "DLC" for the Library of Congress
    • "DLC-MRC" for the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress
    • "MSaE" for Essex Institute in Salem, Mass.
    • "PPiUSM" for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Change Notes

    • 2016-10-07: new
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