New Article From National Library of Australia: “Easy as ABC – A Triumph of Re-usable Metadata”
The wonderful Trove database/discovery tool and the the people who make it all work at the National Library of Australia continue to impress us with all that they do. We’ve been both a user of Trove and an admirer of this project since it launched in 2010.
As we post this item Trove provides access to 407,312,877 Australian and online resources including books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.
Now, to the article.
Easy as ABC – A Triumph of Re-usable Metadata
“Our Publications” (National Library of Australia Web Site)
From the Article
At the end of 2013 the Trove team at the National Library of Australia embarked on an exciting project to bring Trove’s current affairs coverage into the twenty-first century. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National (RN) website exposes a wealth of contemporary content on cultural and political life in Australia. We knew that if we included these resources in Trove we could give users a current affairs discovery experience starting with the first Australian newspaper printed in 1803 and continuing all the way up to the podcasts of the present day. The Trove team couldn’t pass up the chance to link the two systems.
Bringing this data in required thinking beyond the edge – the ABC makes this data freely available but it’s not in a library metadata standard. The Trove team had never worked with a data set so large that wasn’t in a library format, but with good metadata sharing principles embedded at the ABC end, Trove was able to capture and re-use the RN data.
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.