The Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT), a Cataloging Directorate initiative aimed at developing tools to aid catalogers, reference specialists, and searchers in creating and locating information, has realized considerable progress since the January 2004 report. Major components of the team's work are enriching the content of Library of Congress bibliographic records, improving access to the data the records contain, and conducting research and development in areas that can contribute to furthering these efforts. Additional information regarding BEAT, its work, and the projects described here may be found starting at the main BEAT web page at http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/beat
An outgrowth of BEAT’s Web Access to Publications in Series project (see below), Web Cataloging evolved from the experiences the team gained in providing access at the individual monograph level for selected series. While effective, the processes utilized heretofore were labor intensive, and BEAT has now started to use a much more automated approach to this work. Using programming developed by team member David Williamson, it has proved possible for a cataloger to examine the abstract page for a particular monograph on the Web, and by using computer and programmed functions; effect the creation of a MARC record that is automatically added to the LC database. This record includes an abstract of the title represented. A cataloger subsequently enhances that cataloging data to ensure that name headings are established and to add subject headings. The capability greatly reduces manual aspects of the project and allows catalogers to concentrate on the intellectual work, thus providing an enriched record through largely automated means. The application is being applied first to selected series issued by the Federal Reserve Board.
In this most recent addition, beginning with approximately 230 titles represented in the Library’s collections, links have been made to titles in The Harvard University Library Open Collections Program’s Women Working 1870-1930. The Open Collections Program aims to “to increase the availability and use of historical resources for teaching, learning, and research by digitizing selected resources in broad topic areas and providing access to them through the World Wide Web and the Harvard Library catalogs,” and Women Working 1870-1930 provides access to digitized books and other materials on the topic of women in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930.
In addition to guides previously completed in business, immigration, and the works of Jefferson, the project has digitized ten titles published by the Center for the Book as well as a Guide to Manuscripts in the Monasteries of Mt. Athos. A number of other works are in progress, covering additional business resources, guides to microfilm collections, prints and photographs resources, and manuscripts from additional Middle Eastern monasteries, as well as a guide to Ladino publications in the Library of Congress. The BeCites+ home page is located at http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/guide
In addition, a noteworthy enhancement to both the project and for Business Reference services has been the creation of a web-accessible database of Technical Reports and Working Papers in Business and Economics for series covered by the project. The database can be accessed at http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/techreps/techrepshome.php
The project is being undertaken through the collaborative efforts of several Library units including the Congressional Research Service and Law Library, with the added benefit derived from such cooperation. The methodology to be employed consists of identifying and retrieving the items that make up the body of these hearings, reclassifying to class KF in the Law schedules and upgrading the cataloging for the items, exploring making digital copies available for hearings in poor physical condition, re-labeling the items to reflect the new classification, and housing them in a single location, the Law Library.
LC often receives a number of dust jacket images along with data utilized in the ONIX TOC and ONIX Descriptions projects (described below). As the provision of the dust jacket image further enriches the information about an item for the researcher, BEAT has begun to add links for such data through its dust jacket initiative. The project has some 2,300 images currently on-hand. As the channels through which the library receives ONIX data are already established it is anticipated that this number will grow.
ONIX data often includes information about authors, and BEAT has undertaken a biographical information initiative that will make this information available to researchers. The information is being linked from the catalog record to data stored on the Web where it is available for indexing by search engines.
Another ONIX initiative is the creation of records that contain publisher's descriptions of books. Based on ONIX encoded materials, file creation and linking is similar to that of the ONIX TOC initiative above, and the project has created approximately 105,000 such records.
The Library receives this data directly, and with programming developed by a BEAT team member, the project creates Table of Contents (TOC) records that the Library makes available on the Web. Hyper-links are made from this TOC data to the catalog record, and the reverse, thus allowing researchers to move from or to the Library's OPAC where they can make additional searches for related or other material. To date the project has created about 47,000 ONIX TOC records.
Using programming by three BEAT team members, this project creates a web-based TOC for virtually 100% of all E-CIP records that contain TOC data. This data is created programmatically and a hot-link in the TOC to and from the underlying record in the LC Catalog is made for every item. The programs handle most diacritical marks, and also enriches the TOC web display with the LC subject headings that were applied by cataloging staff. As of June 2004 approximately 30,000 Electronic CIPs (ECIP) TOC records had been added to the Web server.
In addition, many catalogers take advantage of the Directorate’s Text Capture and Electronic Conversion program to add TOC data directly into the bibliographic records they create for publications submitted in the ECIP program. To date, nearly 26,000 records have been enhanced to include such information and currently more than 36% of ECIP receipts are being enriched with TOC data.
The Digital Tables of Contents project creates machine-readable Table of Contents (TOC) data from TOC surrogates and these materials are subsequently HTML-encoded and placed on a server at the Library. The process cross-links the TOC to underlying catalog records. Both the catalog records and the linked TOC data may be viewed through a Web browser by accessing the Library's online catalog access options. Almost 23,000 TOCs have been created and linked, in this project.
More than three million hits have been recorded on the TOC files section of the Library’s Cataloging Directorate Web pages for the three TOC projects combined.
This page last updated June 15, 2004
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