Reengineering a National Resource Discovery Service (09 Sep 2004)
The National Library of Australia is using new technologies to reshape a large scale national resource discovery service. The reengineering of Kinetica is critical in supporting the Library's strategic goal of breaking down barriers to access to library collections and online resources. Kinetica will continue to be based on a centralised database, and the network of contributors will be able to use a combination of record supply processes.
This article has outlined the innovative use of MODS to support ingest of enhanced records to the ANBD. The National Library of Australia selected MODS as an interim format for the conversion on the basis of implementing an effective conversion process that built upon the work of the Library of Congress. The records, after conversion, are automatically passed to the Australian National Bibliographic Database for use in a large resource discovery service. After loading to the ANBD, the records can also be automatically reused in a variety of resource discovery services, such as Recent Australian Publications (a free monthly service) and MusicAustralia.
While MODS is generally used as a schema for storing records that are richer than DC but less rich than MARC, with imagination it can be used to transform records to enhance DC-like records for use in rich resource discovery services, such as a national union catalogue.
The use of standards such as AGLS, MODS and MARC has truly enabled interoperability to occur through reuse of descriptive records. The value-added through the MODS transformation demonstrates a use of standards whose "invisibility is a testament to their effectiveness" (9).
For the end user, the success of the project can be seen in resource discovery services that deliver access to publications regardless of their format. In addition, enhanced records can also be returned to information creators to be made available for Internet search engines. This completes a circle of enhanced access through library resource discovery services and Internet search services.
Article URL: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/september04/missingham/09missingham.html
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