Thursday, February 16, 2012

Downloadable Version of FAST Now Available

English: Open Data stickersImage via WikipediaOCLC has announced a downloadable version of FAST is now available.
OCLC Research has made FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) available for bulk download, along with some minor improvements based on user feedback and routine updates. As with other FAST data, the bulk downloadable versions are available at no charge.

FAST is an enumerative, faceted subject heading schema derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). OCLC made FAST available as Linked Open Data in December 2011.

The bulk downloadable versions of FAST are offered at no charge. Like FAST content available through the FAST Experimental Linked Data Service, the downloadable versions of FAST are made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution (ODC-By) license.

FAST may be downloaded in either SKOS/RDF format or MARC XML (Authorities format). Users may download the entire FAST file including all eight facets (Personal Names, Corporate Names, Event, Uniform Titles, Chronological, Topical, Geographic, Form/Genre) or choose to download individual facets (see the download information page for more details).

OCLC has enhanced the VoID ("Vocabulary of Interlinked Datasets") dataset description for improved ease of processing of the license references. Several additions and changes to FAST headings have been made in the normal course of processing new and changed headings in LCSH. OCLC will continue to periodically update FAST based on new and changed headings in LCSH.

About FAST
The FAST authority file, which underlies the FAST Linked Data release, has been created through a multi-year collaboration of OCLC Research and the Library of Congress. Specifically, it is designed to make the rich LCSH vocabulary available as a post-coordinate system in a Web environment. For more information, see the FAST activity page.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Oberlin LCRI Cumulation

The last edition of the Oberlin LCRI Cumulation has been published.
This, I believe (and, after 30 years, fervently hope) is the final update to the Oberlin LCRI cumulation. Our original edition was published using a Sigma IX mainframe computer in 1982. In the late 1980's, our subscriptions peaked at about 1200. While you've undoubtedly moved on to adventures in RDA, electronic resource management, and discovery layer XML, should things ever spin out of control-- should you care reminisce about a "simpler" time-- you can find your faithful guide to each and every rule of bibliographic life, resting comfortably, at:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Off Topic

A photo I took of the Vehicle Assembly Building is on the Travel and Leisure site. I took it at the STS-133 NASA Tweetup.

Cataloging Paper

James Weinheimer has posted his recent talk on his weblog. Is RDA the Only Way? An Alternative Option Through International Cooperation
The ultimate goal of the Cooperative Cataloging Rules Wiki is a bit on the radical side. It does not declare that no changes are needed, but rather that the changes needed are much deeper and far more profound than the superficial changes suggested by RDA. In addition, these changes can come from the cataloging community as a whole, instead of being decided by a few libraries in the most important libraries and trickling down to everyone else. The entire Web2.0 movement allows these sorts of grass-level initiatives now and all kinds of new tools can be built.
Plenty to think about.