Friday, July 18, 2003

GSAFD Thesaurus

Reading the article Using the OAI-PMH ... Differently by Herbert Van de Sompel, Jeffrey A. Young and Thomas B. Hickey in the latest D-Lib Magazine made me aware of an interesting resource, the GSAFD Thesaurus.

The records have long been available for download in MARC format. OCLC has enriched the records by mapping LCSH to the terms and then making it available using OAI-PMH protocol. The records are displayed in Marc, Dublin Core or thesaurus format. There are permanent links to the record and a link to the LCSH term. Since it uses OAI-PMH, it is both human and machine readable, making it a Web service. Very slick.

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