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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 12, March 18, 2001, Article 13


Karl Moulton writes:

"In an email to fellow NBS'er Dick Johnson, I offered my thoughts on a three digit standard code for auction companies, which could be used as a common shorthand in bibliographic citations. Dick took the idea further, to suggest a standard scheme for representing cataloguer, sale, and lot references in a compact code.

Based on what I went through with the recent USNAC compilation, it would be a very remote possibility that anything could be ever agreed upon by the cataloguers. Perhaps the NBS'ers could come up with such a listing for their own use, if something like this would be useful.

Cataloguers have very little regard for such projects, as there is no profit in doing so. The response rates to requests for a complete listing of their own publications for the past 10 years was less than 1 in 10!! Even then, some lists were not complete and contained incorrect information!"

Wayne Homren, Editor

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