Roy Tennant's "Cataloging Unchained" Video Illustrates the Power of Data Mining Our Cataloging Heritage
Roy presented this video during his "Leveraging WorldCat: Data Mining the Largest Library Database in the World" keynote at the OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) Annual Meeting on 26 February in Strasbourg, France.
With nearly 300 million bibliographic records, WorldCat is the largest aggregation of shared library data in the world. With access to this data on a large parallel processing computer cluster, OCLC Research has undertaken a number of projects to maximize its value by processing the data in interesting ways to create new services. Work is also being done to report back to the library profession on how the MARC standard has been used over the last 40 years. OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant kicked off his keynote presentation with this "Cataloging Unchained" video and went on to describe some of these efforts as an illustration of the power of mining shared library data.