Eric Childress
Ed O’Neill
ALA Annual 2013
29 June 2013
FAST Report
1
Faceted Subject Access Interest Group
FAST (Faceted Application of Subject
Terminology)
• Joint OCLC Research
and Library of
Congress project
• Provides a facet...
FAST stats
Total headings: 1.7 million
• Facets:
– Personal names: 704,143
– Corporate names: 357,625
– Events: 11,915
– U...
mapFAST Mobile
4
http://www.oclc.org/research/news/2013/06-25.html
http://experimental.worldcat.org/mapfast/mobile/
“Centers” work
• Experimental
• Leverages FAST and VIAF
in OCLC Research’s
upgraded version of
WorldCat
• Reveals:
– What ...
Forthcoming…
• Interviews with 16
parties
– 9 adopters
– 7 non-adopters
• Presented in two parts
– Summary of findings
– 1...
FAST report - interview subjects
Adopters
• Bodleian Libraries (University
of Oxford)
• Databib.org
• National Library of ...
RMIT quote
8
http://www.informit.com.au/downloads/bulletin_issue3_2011.pdf
Facets used
9
9
5
4
3
3
3
2
2
FAST Facets Use by Adopters
Topics
Geographic Names
Form/Genre
Personal Names
Corporate Name...
Why adopted…
10
8
5
5
4
4
3
3
2
2
2
Positive Attributes cited by FAST Adopters
easy to use
simple syntax
non-cataloger use...
Adopters vs. Non-adopters
11
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
simple syntax
uniform indexing
easy to use
non-cataloger use
all headings...
In-press
• Will be released in July
2013
12
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Unported License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3....
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    1. 1. Eric Childress Ed O’Neill ALA Annual 2013 29 June 2013 FAST Report 1 Faceted Subject Access Interest Group
    2. 2. FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) • Joint OCLC Research and Library of Congress project • Provides a faceted version of the Library of Congress Subject Headings • Available in various interfaces and downloadable versions 2 http://fast.oclc.org/searchfast/
    3. 3. FAST stats Total headings: 1.7 million • Facets: – Personal names: 704,143 – Corporate names: 357,625 – Events: 11,915 – Uniform titles: 61,633 – Chronological: 676 – Topical: 392,593 – Geographic: 148,722 – Form/Genre: 1,905 • Deprecated/deleted: 46,719 • FAST headings have been successfully added to an off- line copy of OCLC's WorldCat database. – WorldCat contained 1,678,279 distinct FAST headings (excluding chronological) each controlled with a single authority record. – WorldCat contained 26,425,717 distinct LCSH headings (including names valid as subjects) with approximately 7.5% controlled by a single authority record. 3
    4. 4. mapFAST Mobile 4 http://www.oclc.org/research/news/2013/06-25.html http://experimental.worldcat.org/mapfast/mobile/
    5. 5. “Centers” work • Experimental • Leverages FAST and VIAF in OCLC Research’s upgraded version of WorldCat • Reveals: – What a given library has relative-to-others’ strengths – Which libraries are strong for a given topic/person/country 5http://hangingtogether.org/?cat=13
    6. 6. Forthcoming… • Interviews with 16 parties – 9 adopters – 7 non-adopters • Presented in two parts – Summary of findings – 16 interviews 6
    7. 7. FAST report - interview subjects Adopters • Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford) • Databib.org • National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) • OCLC • RMIT Publishing • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library • Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Library) • University of Illinois at Chicago • University of North Dakota Non-adopters • Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) • Minnesota State University, Mankato • University of Western Ontario - PhD Research • People of the Founding Era • l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) (University of Quebec in Montreal) • University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston • World Maritime University 7
    8. 8. RMIT quote 8 http://www.informit.com.au/downloads/bulletin_issue3_2011.pdf
    9. 9. Facets used 9 9 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 FAST Facets Use by Adopters Topics Geographic Names Form/Genre Personal Names Corporate Names Chronological Events Titles From: Mixter, Jeffrey, and Eric Childress. 2013. FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) users summary and case studies. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research.
    10. 10. Why adopted… 10 8 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 Positive Attributes cited by FAST Adopters easy to use simple syntax non-cataloger use all headings are linked rich vocabulary easy to learn linked data faceted navigation easy to implement uniform indexing From: Mixter, Jeffrey, and Eric Childress. 2013. FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) users summary and case studies. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research.
    11. 11. Adopters vs. Non-adopters 11 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 simple syntax uniform indexing easy to use non-cataloger use all headings are linked easy to implement faceted navigation geographic search innovative uses staff efficiency FAST Adopters FAST Non-Adopters From: Mixter, Jeffrey, and Eric Childress. 2013. FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) users summary and case studies. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research.
    12. 12. In-press • Will be released in July 2013 12
    13. 13. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ ©2013 OCLC fast@oclc.org Thank you 13

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