Volume 55, no. 2, 2017


Book Reviews

Linked Data for Cultural Heritage
edited by Ed Jones and Michele Seikel.
Reviewed by Melanie Wacker
Columbia University Libraries, New York, NY (Metadata Coordinator)

Original Articles

A Critique of the FRBR User Tasks and Their Modifications
Philip Hider

ABSTRACT: The four FRBR user tasks have become widely accepted as functions of the library catalog, but there have been only sporadic discussions concerning their validity and sufficiency, despite their modification in the models subsequently presented in the FRAD, FRSAD, and draft FRBR-LRM reports. This article presents a critique of the four variant sets of user tasks, and proposes an extended set of six generic end-user tasks, applicable to both bibliographic and authority data: locate, collocate, connect, identify, select, and obtain. The article also outlines their interrelationships and suggests those tasks that may be particularly well supported by professional cataloging.

KEYWORDS: FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD, user tasks, search behavior, cataloging value

Non-Roman Language Cataloging in Bulk: A Case Study of Japanese Language Materials
Hikaru Nakano

ABSTRACT: Aozora Bunko is a Japanese full-text database of works that are in the public domain. The University of Florida libraries modified the approximately 5,000 Japanese language records into English language MARC records compatible with Resource Description and Access (RDA), and added those records to OCLC and their integrated library system (ILS). Thus, this analytical cataloging project makes it possible to introduce more users to these Japanese anthologies in full text. This article describes the methods used to convert spreadsheet data that contains non-Roman characters into MARC records and indicates the possibilities that are applicable to similar projects in other non-Roman languages.

KEYWORDS: Descriptive cataloging, case studies, electronic resources, college and university libraries, MarcEdit, batch processing, non-Roman characters, Aozora Bunko

Knowledge Classification on Ethnic Groups in Thailand
Juthatip Chaikhambung & Kulthida Tuamsuk

ABSTRACT: This research aimed to analyze and develop a scope of knowledge and structure with respect to ethnic groups in Thailand. The research was conducted on the basis of the knowledge organization concept and principles of classification. This was a quality research that used content analysis method. It consisted of three processes: (1) identification of the scope of knowledge; (2) the development of knowledge classification and structure; and (3) evaluation and confirmation of the knowledge structure by experts. The research results provided the knowledge scope and structure of the ethnic groups in Thailand which comprises of 12 classes, 51 sub-classes, and 65 divisions. This knowledge structure can be used for ontology development or used as guidelines for subject headings and search terms in the information system.

KEYWORDS: Knowledge organization, knowledge classification, ethnic groups classification, ethnic groups ontology, Thailand



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