There’s an interesting thread on NGC4LIB responding to Jennifer Bowen‘s comment about their approach to metadata in eXtensible Catalog project. This is Jennifer’s comment is in Re: Preliminary report on user research for eXtensible Catalog dated 17June2009:
“XC’s architecture is based upon aggregating metadata, and we are
building a robust platform that will perform this aggregation, called
the XC Metadata Services Toolkit (MST). This open source software will
support metadata from scholarly databases as well as from library catalogs and repositories. We believe that this is a much more promising direction for future discovery interfaces than relying upon metasearch technology, although the two approaches may need to be used alongside each other in the shorter term. We just don’t see a promising future in continuing to develop new software that uses metasearch technology.“
Responses so far include discussion of Serials Solutions new Summon search, how IR’s will factor into the mix, and normalization and gathering of metadata. As usual, Jonathan Rochkind raises good points and interesting questions to consider.