[GeoHumanities SIG] place in library catalog

John H Clark clarkjh at lafayette.edu
Tue Oct 1 18:20:39 CEST 2013


I hear you Kathy. Are you looking at some sort of ontology solution? 


John H Clark 
Data Visualization & GIS Librarian 
Skillman Library 
Lafayette College 

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From: "Kathy Weimer" <k-weimer at library.tamu.edu> 
To: "John H Clark" <clarkjh at lafayette.edu> 
Cc: geohumsig at lists.digitalhumanities.org 
Sent: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:08:11 PM 
Subject: Re: [GeoHumanities SIG] place in library catalog 

Thanks John, 

This helps with the tech side of things, but doesn't yet address the underlying issue. We need to look at a Big Data project here! 

Kathy 

From: John H Clark < clarkjh at lafayette.edu > 
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:08 AM 
To: Kathy Weimer < k-weimer at library.tamu.edu > 
Cc: " geohumsig at lists.digitalhumanities.org " < geohumsig at lists.digitalhumanities.org > 
Subject: Re: [GeoHumanities SIG] place in library catalog 

There is a crosswalk from Alexandria Dig Lib from MARC to FGDC which might help with the task http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu/public-documents/metadata/marc2fgdc.html . But of course, MARC records are notoriously lackadaisical when it comes to geography elements. 


John H Clark 
Data Visualization & GIS Librarian 
Skillman Library 
Lafayette College 

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From: "Kathy Weimer" < k-weimer at library.tamu.edu > 
To: geohumsig at lists.digitalhumanities.org 
Sent: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:50:05 AM 
Subject: [GeoHumanities SIG] place in library catalog 

I am wondering if any of you GeoHumanists are familiar with research projects looking at the concept of place representation in the traditional library catalog. In my opinion, library catalogs have never done a good job with representing place-based subject information. The fields and headings are either too specific or too general and do not provide insight into geographic contexts (adjacency, proximity, containment, etc.). 


Various data in the subject headings and coded fields could be harvested and result in a map-based search engine which would likely yield more interesting results that the typical subject or keyword search. If you know of prior work looking at harvesting and visualizing placial data from catalog records, I would like to know. Ideas? Suggestions? 

Kathy Weimer 




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