Dedupe 1.2: Records Delivered by Backstage
There are all kinds of records nowadays, comprising many different formats:
MARC, MARCXML, ONIX, etc. Files of these types may contain similar
information, yet it is broken up into different fields or elements, depending on
While MARS 2.0 processes records natively in MARC format, we have many
tools available to successfully convert to or from any of the other formats listed
A library can process all or part of the bibliographic records from its local ILS
system or process bibliographic records purchased from a different cataloging
At Backstage, we enjoy providing our customers with options. Each part of
our profile is geared to be as customizable as possible, providing you with a
few different options to get you started. Any part of the profile may then be
expanded upon in order to match your expectations to the desired results.
Our preferred method of file-handling is through our website portal. Each
customer will have their own login and password to access the site. Once logged
in, our customers can view or edit their profile at any time, upload new files for
processing, or retrieve files at their convenience.
We also recognize that our customers may already have upload and download
scripts written on their side. So it may make more sense to use a traditional FTP
method to transfer files between Backstage and your system.
In this first step, we think it is a good time to also discuss the format of your
MARC records. Here you can let us know which format the file submitted will be
sent as: MARC-8 or UTF-8. If you do not know, chances are excellent that we can
easily inform you once you upload your file to us.
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