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Saturday, October 17, 2009


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I'd be interested to see some sets of records beyond what appeared in the presentation. I also wonder if they have any plans to automatically derive analytical records for proceedings, anthologies, etc. (aka aggregates in FRBR terms) from what the publishers give them. Of course, automation reduces many of the traditionally perceived barriers to creating analytical records for these categories of materials, and WorldCat.org already shows us that records for these materials can peacefully co-exist in one display. Perhaps we now have the opportunity to dramatically increase granularity especially for stuff that routinely escapes the notice of catalogers and the major indexes.

Christine Schwartz

Hi Bryan,

I agree with you that including analytical records from publishers' metadata would be a great boon for libraries. It will be interesting to see how this new OCLC service develops.

I think that analytics is where we need to go with library metadata. You're correct that now it might actually be doable. Where in the past it was too labor intensive.

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