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ERIC Number: ED108679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep-16
Pages: 131
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Computers and Early Books. Report of the LOC Project Investigating Means of Compiling a Machine-Readable Union Catalogue of Pre-1801 Books in Oxford, Cambridge and the British Museum.
A union list of pre-1801 books in British libraries has long been needed, but its compilation has always fallen outside the capacities of existing manual systems. This report discusses an experimental project to devise, test, and evaluate techniques for the compilation of such a union catalog. To scale down the proposed catalog for the experiment, it was decided to restrict the investigation to books cataloged under the letter "O." The techniques described include a formula, called a fingerprint, for the identification of old books which is derived from the texts of the books themselves and ensures a high degree of accuracy in bibliographic matching. The report contains information and recommendations for bibliographers and librarians concerned with automation. (Author/KKC)
International Scholarly Book Services, Inc., P.O. Box 4347, Portland, Oregon 97208 and Mansell Information/Publishing Limited, 3 Bloomsbury Place, London WC1A 2QA, England ($12.00)
Publication Type: Books
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