Tuesday, April 02, 2002

JAKE Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment

How to provide access to journal databases is a major problem. Letting a patron know that the journal or magazine is available on-line is just proper cataloging. However, when there are thousands of journals involved, and the mix is in constant change, and there are several databases with some overlap and some unique contents, the task becomes too large. JAKE provides an answer to the problem. It can be searched on the Web, the bare bones MARC records for database of interest can be downloaded using jake2marc or the jake data and software can be downloaded to a local site. This Open Source effort is worth some support.