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June 25, 2005 - CONSER Publication Patterns Task Force


Publication History Task Group

Diane Hillmann gave an overview of the Publication History Task Group’s final report. Throughout the group’s existence, it moved well beyond its original charge. An outline of the group’s work and the documents it created are available from (external link) ; the final report is available from: (external link). The recommendations of the final report for CONSER are:

  1. Explore the decision process for determining how the FRBR work record will be implemented.
  2. Appoint a new group to explore the practical issues of implementing the super record approach
  3. Provide a forum to discuss issues surrounding the exchange of serials data with publishers, PAMS, subscription agents, aggregators in using the publication history record as a trustworthy source of pattern data

Frieda Rosenberg’s work on developing concepts of the super record as a way to show publication history was particularly influential. This approach to showing bibliographic families of serials relies on existing linking fields in bibliographic records. The super record could be an actual record that pulls together all related records or could be a virtual construct with a display that meaningfully ties together a publication’s relationships.

A building block for constructing publication history would be retrospective pattern data. In considering sources of this information it was noted that Harvard loaded all the data that was available into OCLC. Other sources might include data recorded when libraries send material to off site storage.

Comment: VTLS has run into the problem of non-specific links in bibliographic records (MARC 21 787)- these may hinder pulling records together for a super record display.

Recommendation: CONSER should write a charge for a group to pursue a publication history record in the form of a super record. Start a pilot to gather basic ingredients for a super record and test ways to pull together a publication history record. Work with the utilities in exploring ideas for this.

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Long Term Storage Task Group

Linda Miller described the work of the Long Term Storage Task Group in developing a pilot of the Serials Release Notification (SRN). This new ONIX for serials format will allow publishers to transmit issue release data in XML format to ILS vendors, PAMS, subscription agents, aggregators, and ultimately libraries. The data can be used for ERMS and other systems if it contains rich enough data including enumeration and chronology. When all the players understand and share the same terms, format, and standards transmitting the data is easier. The format could be expanded to account for moving wall embargo periods and provide. The work of a related ONIX for serials subgroup on coverage has made it apparent that a means to account for embargo periods and non-standard numbering will be important for the other ONIX formats and for MARC 21.

The pilot will involve working with publishers, PAMS, aggregators and subscription agents, and ILS systems to test transmission of data through the SRN. The results are expected to inform the development of SRN and enhancement of other ONIX transactions SOH and SPS. The SRN subgroup chair Christie Burke
([email protected]) will be organizing the pilot this fall.

OCLC report

Doug Loynes of OCLC gave an update of the migration from the local data record format to the MFHD to be completed by the end of the calendar year. The work will increase the storage capacity for holdings data. At this point viewing and working with holdings data will be through the Connexion browser interface rather than the client, it is uncertain when the client version will have this capability. Further information is available from a migration FAQ available from: Training needs will increase, many of the regional networks are gearing up to meet them.

Comment: [The SCCTP holdings course is mentioned in the OCLC Migration FAQ, we could see an increase in the need for sponsoring this workshop.]

Doug discussed the OCLC Holdings Project Holdings pilot. It involves working with TDNet, EBSCO, Serials Solutions and Ex Libris to set e-serial holdings for 20 participating libraries. In conjunction with registering the library’s openURL resolver with OCLC, the pilot will test new services in Firstsearch and other products. The work also involves OCLC’s contract cataloging staff creating records for e-serials, currently the number of e-serial records in OCLC cover some 30,000 titles.

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