A New Prototype from OCLC Research: A Web Interface for Converting LCSH Headings to FAST Headings
This new prototype accepts either single headings or small sets of bibliographic records for conversion. The intent of this Web site is to provide a learning tool to help familiarize users with FAST [Faceted Application of Subject Terminology] and the differences between FAST and LCSH [Library of Congress Subject Headings].
LCSH headings can be entered as text, with conversion results appearing as plain text. MARC format bibliographic files can also be uploaded, and a link to the converted file returned. Conversion files are limited to 50,000 bytes, or approximately 500 records.
FAST subject headings were developed by adapting the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) with a simplified syntax, retaining the very rich vocabulary of LCSH while making the schema easier to understand, control, apply, and use.
FAST Converter is an experimental Web interface and may be withdrawn without notice.
FAST Activity Page
Overview, Outputs, Several Presentations and Articles
by Eric Childress, OCLC
FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology): A Vocabulary to Facilitate Faceted Browsing
(PDF; 35 slides)
School of Information Studies/ University of Ottawa = École des sciences de l’information Université d’Ottawa,
11 March 2010, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
See Also: mapFast (Demo)
FAST Geographic Name Headings With Google Maps
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.