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ERIC Number: EJ892248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-2909
Syndicating Rich Bibliographic Metadata Using MODS and RSS
Ashton, Andrew
Journal of Web Librarianship, v2 n1 p41-59 2008
Many libraries use RSS to syndicate information about their collections to users. A survey of 65 academic libraries revealed their most common use for RSS is to disseminate information about library holdings, such as lists of new acquisitions. Even though typical RSS feeds are ill suited to the task of carrying rich bibliographic metadata, great potential exists for developing applications that can exploit metadata exposed to Web services via RSS. Using the MODS metadata format, entire catalog records can be seamlessly embedded in RSS 2.0 feeds. Existing tools, such as Library of Congress Java toolkits and XSLT stylesheets, can facilitate this process, while a new XSLT stylesheet may be used to create the RSS feeds complete with MODS records. As an example of the added functionality these MODS/RSS feeds can offer, records from a MODS-enriched RSS feed can be ingested into a non-RSS application such as Zotero. As more emerging library technologies use Web services architectures to handle data objects, the ability to syndicate catalog records will become more critical to providing innovative library Web services. (Contains 12 figures and 35 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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