Tuesday, August 10, 2010
FAST guide book and map-based demo interface now available
"A guide to principles and applications of the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology schema has just been published by Libraries Unlimited, and OCLC Research has released a demo prototype using a Google Maps interface to FAST Geographic authority records. FAST: Faceted Application of Subject Terminology, by Lois Mai Chan and OCLC Researcher Edward T. O'Neill, a guide to principles and applications of the FAST metadata schema, is now available from the publisher and other outlets. It will also be available as an eBook. The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is perhaps the best known bibliographic control system in existence, but it is cumbersome and not always user friendly. The Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) schema reworks LCSH's authority rules so that they are easier to use, understand, and apply. The result is a schema designed to handle a large volume of materials with less effort and cost"