The eXtensible Catalog: Taking Control of Library Metadata
With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Rochester and partner institutions, the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries is developing open-source software to provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to users. The eXtensible Catalog (XC) will run alongside a library's current Integrated Library System to provide more intuitive access to resources, a customizable user interface, and a platform for managing a variety of metadata services. This presentation will include an overview of the XC Project and then will focus upon how using XC software will allow libraries to take control of their legacy metadata to enable it to be used in new web environments and in combination with other metadata. This is accomplished through the use of the XC Schema, which applies aspects of linked data, FRBR, and RDA to legacy metadata; and through XC's Metadata Services Toolkit, which provides a platform for scheduling and managing iterative metadata services to normalize, transform, and aggregate metadata. Jennifer Bowen is a co-principal investigator for the eXtensible Catalog Project at the University of Rochester. She has spent her career as a librarian working in the areas of cataloging and metadata, initially as a specialist in music cataloging and more recently as a manager of cataloging and technical services. In recent years she has focused her attention upon metadata standards development (RDA), the FRBR data model, and the use of legacy library metadata in next-generation discovery systems.
metadata; eXtensible Catalog (XC); XC Project