Wednesday, May 03, 2006

University of Rochester eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project

The 2.0 library catalog is coming.
The University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries will take the lead in studying how best to develop an open-source online system that can unify access to traditional and digital library resources. With a $283,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University will begin planning and requirements analysis activities for a new system known as eXtensible Catalog (XC).

XC has the potential to allow future library users at any level of proficiency to get more out of academic library collections and to give academic libraries more control over how best to help people gather information. As envisioned, XC's simple yet powerful interface will allow users to navigate through comprehensive search results sorted into useful categories that will give them the resources they seek more easily.

BTW Jennifer Bowen one of the co-principal investigators is also the main editor for RDA. It is amazing how much some folks can accomplish.

1 comment:

Jennifer Bowen said...

David, thanks for posting the notice about the University of Rochester's eXtensible Catalog project. We're really excited about it! Just one minor correction to your original post at the bottom - Tom Delsey is actually the main editor for RDA, while I serve as the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee that is developing the content of RDA. Working on both projects simultaneously will indeed be challenging, but I hope there will be ways that they inform each other!