Views on Record Sharing


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Talk given at the ALCTS forum during ALA Midwinter conference on 26-Jan-2009 in Denver, Colorado. For an approximate text transcription of the talk, see and

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  • Why we have records -- surrogates for the desired object

  • Build indexes. The better the surrogate, the better the results

  • OCLC, Z39.50 gets us LC and OhioLINK,, Open Library

  • These are all Human-Generated records

  • “Catalogers” -> “Descriptionists”

  • Use taxonomies and ontologies to create the surrogate records

  • “Metadata” -- what is known -- to “Data” what is sought

  • Google’s experiment in computational analytics

  • Relying on the text of the item itself to be the descriptive surrogate; Examines every word

  • Amazon’s “Key Phrases” techniques -- Capitalized Phrases and Statistically Impossible Phrases form the surrogate

  • Which is better?
  • Views on Record Sharing

    1. 1. Views on Record Sharing This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. Other rights are available; please contact the author for more information. Attributed photographs from Flikr, used under Creative Commons derivatives-okay licenses. Unattributed photographs from royalty free stock photo services.
    2. 2. Presentation Outline • Sources of Records • How Descriptions Are/Can-Be Generated • Ownership of Records • Right to Reuse • Strengthening the Cooperative
    3. 3. Sources of Records Sources of Records “pipes of pan” by Lele
    4. 4. Human-Generated Records Human-Generated Surrogate Records “Hand-written catalog card” by Andrea Mercado
    5. 5. Machine Generated David Weinberger Records Google Tech Talk, May 10, 2007 “Everything is Miscellaneous”
    6. 6. David Weinberger, “Everything is
    7. 7. Machine-Generated Machine Generated Records Surrogate Records “Heady days.” by JanneM
    8. 8. Ownership of Records Ownership of Records “If the real Sequoias espoused the idea of land ownership...” by IndyDina and Mr. Wonderful
    9. 9. Record Right to Reuse Reuse “green recycle cycle necklace” by jamieleto
    10. 10. Strengthening the Cooperative “power pole in the sunlight...” by gin_able
    11. 11. Parting Thoughts “Lonely in golden place!” by khalid almasoud
    12. 12. Peter Murray, OhioLINK Disruptive Library Technology Jester “Jester” by Todd Sternisha
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