First spin-off corporation from Virginia Tech (VT) - Virginia’s largest University – home of System X - 3 rd fastest Supercomputer in the world when built from 1100 PCs purchased off the web. Total cost under $5M.
Vinod Chachra served as VP for Information Tech at VT.
VTLS has offices in 7 countries; does business in 40.
VTLS has three major product lines
Virtua – Alexandria Egypt; many National Libraries
VITAL – Fedora based Institutional Repository – developed in partnership with the Australian ARROW project.
VTRAX – RFID based tracking & security systems for libraries
VTLS is a Worldwide Company Partner or Office* Locations
The hierarchical results are built on the fly. Display algorithms have to be perfect as there is no possibility of intellectual intervention by humans to improve the displayed result sets. No advantages are gained in cataloging
No possibility of making requests (Holds, ILLs)
At the work level (eg: user is willing to accept any expression of the work in any language) OR
At expression level (eg: user is will accept any edition of the work in the language of choice). At present Holds and ILLs are placed at the manifestation level.
Multiple calculations – each time a FRBR record is displayed it has to be re-assembled from flat records.
A recent report published by the Library of Congress called “On the record” states: LC and the library community need to find ways of “releasing the value” of their rich historic investment in semantic data onto the Web.
Tomothy Dickey (OCLC) in the article “FRBRization of a Library Catalog” states: “VTLS, on the other hand, has since 2004 offered a complete product that has the potential of modifying existing MARC records – via local linking tags in 001 and 004 fields – to create FRBR relationships… The VTLS solution of adding local linking tags seems most appropriate…The Virtua module from VTLS offers a very tempting solution, but may require a change of vendors” . Not really … see VTLS FRBR SAAS.
Archival cataloguing differs from bibliographic cataloguing because archives, unlike most printed material, cannot be described in isolation.
An archive is, therefore, only fully understood only when there is knowledge of both its content, and also, its context. Content is generally understood through description, but context can only be reflected through arrangement.
Archival arrangement therefore involves the ordering of material to reflect its context.
Archival arrangement is reflected in the cataloguing through the use of a multilevel description system.