Character position definition and scope:

Six numeric characters specify the date the record was first entered into machine-readable form.  The date is given in the pattern yymmdd (yy for the year, mm for the month, and dd for the day).

The date entered on file in 008/00-05 is never changed.  The date and time of latest transaction information in field 005 (Date and Time of Latest Transaction) changes each time a transaction is made to the record.  The latest transaction information enables an organization handling more than one version of a record to identify the most current version.

See:  Example

Input conventions:

This data element is usually system generated.

Related MARC field or document:

005  Date and Time of Latest Transaction

For information on other 008 character positions, see:

008  Fixed-Length Data Elements

See also:

Variable Control Fields