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ALCTS Forum: Mix and Match: Mashups of Bibliographic Data

Monday, January 18, 2010
10:30 am to 12:00 pm, US/Eastern

Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, room 104A/B.

This ALCTS Midwinter Forum on sharing and re-use of metadata will highlight the many ways in which metadata is now created and circulated among multiple types of participants in the resource chain. Not only are library databases making use of ONIX-derived metadata, but library-sourced metadata is also moving back out into the larger discovery environment represented by entities such as Google and Amazon. Panel speakers will describe the state of the art of metadata matchups from their points of view, describe the challenges and obstacles to greater sharing, and outline desirable next steps.

The panel will include Renee Register (Global Product Manager, OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services), Karen Coyle (Open Library), and Kurt Groetsch (Google).

Renee Register:

Beginning with a "Next Generation Cataloging" project started in 2007 and leading into "Metadata Services for Publishers" launched in 2009, OCLC has committed to development that encourages greater interoperability and mash-up of publisher supply chain and library metadata. The current program adds publisher metadata to WorldCat through crosswalks from ONIX to MARC. Publisher data either enriches existing WorldCat records through the addition of content descriptions, contributor information, etc. or is used to build a new record in WorldCat when a match does not exist. Mining of FRBR work sets during the process adds further enrichment to WorldCat and publisher data. Publisher data enriched with authority controlled authors, classification, subject headings, etc. is crosswalked back out to ONIX for use in the publisher supply chain creating more robust data for libraries and other end-users in the web discovery environment.  UPDATE: Renee's PowerPoint presentation (.pptx) is linked below.

Karen Coyle:

The Open Library has as its goal the creation of one web page for every book ever published. It does not, however, intend to look like a standard library catalog. While some library data has been used to seed the database, other data comes from online bookselling sites, publishers, and individual members of the Web public. To bring in users, the OL is remaking bibliographic data into an interactive site with an emphasis on Works, not Manifestations, and on navigation not searching. UPDATE: See Karen's presentation here.

Kurt Groetsch will discuss topics including the challenges of metadata reuse, metadata matching, and the challenges of working with multivolume works.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE, 2/12/10:

Peter Murray blogged this session on Disruptive Library Technology Jester, as did Eric Hellman. Thanks!

Renee Register's presentation.pptx3.23 MB