Monday, April 16, 2007

Google Summer of Code

Among the 900 projects selected for the Google Summer of Code is one for cataloging.
The purpose of this project is to create a professional web-based library cataloging application for searching, retrieving and editing library catalog records. It will be capable of integrating with any Integrated Library System using the Z39.50 protocol. The user interface will be as responsive to user input as possible and include the use of keyboard shortcuts and integrated help features. It will allow the user to search for records on user-defined Z39.50-enabled library catalogs, edit the records efficiently, and save them in standards compliant formats from which they can be imported into a library catalog.

This application would benefit the library community by providing an intuitive, customizable, professional interface for library catalogers which would work with existing Library Systems. Currently, libraries either have to pay to use proprietary cataloging systems or are limited to the editing interface which comes with their Integrated Library System. Not only would an open source alternative provide a free editor, it would also allow libraries to customize it to meet their cataloging staff's needs.

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