Has anyone created a nice little wrapper around FAST? I'd like to test out
including FAST subjects in our catalog, but am hoping someone else went
through the work of building the code to do it :-) I know FAST has a web
interface, but I've got about 10M records and would rather use something
On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM, Ed Summers <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Kyle,
> If you are thinking of doing name or subject authority control you
> might want to check out OCLC's VIAF AutoSuggest service  and FAST
> AutoSuggest . There are also autosuggest searches for the name and
> subject authority files, that are lightly documented in their
> OpenSearch document .
> In general, I really like this approach, and I think it has a lot of
> potential for newer cataloging interfaces. I'll describe two scenarios
> that I'm familiar with, that have worked quite well (so far). Note,
> these aren't IR per-se, but perhaps they will translate to your
> As part of the National Digital Newspaper Program LC has a simple app
> so that librarians can create "essays" that describe newspapers in
> detail. Rather than making this part of our public website we created
> an Essay Editor as a standalone django app that provides a web based
> editing environment, for authority the essays. Part of this process is
> linking up the essay with the correct newspaper. Rather than load all
> the newspapers that could be described into the Essay Editor, and keep
> them up to date, we exposed an OpenSearch API in the main Chronicling
> America website (where all the newspaper records are loaded and
> maintained) . It has been working quite well so far.
> Another example is the jobs.code4lib.org website that allows people to
> enter jobs announcements. I wanted to make sure that it was possible
> to view jobs by organization , or skill  -- so some form of
> authority control was needed. I ended up using Freebase Suggest 
> that makes it quite easy to build simple forms that present users with
> subsets of Freebase entities, depending on what they type. A nice side
> benefit of using Freebase is that you get descriptive text and images
> for the employers and topics for free. It has been working pretty well
> so far. There is a bit of an annoying conflict between the Freebase
> CSS and Twitter Bootstrap, which might be resolved by updating
> Bootstrap. Also, I've noticed Freebase's service slowing down a bit
> lately, which hopefully won't degrade further.
> The big caveat here is that these external services are dependencies.
> If they go down, a significant portion of your app might go down to.
> Minimizing this dependency, or allowing things degrade well is good to
> keep in mind. Also, it's worth remembering identifiers (if they are
> available) for the selected matches, so that they can be used for
> linking your data with the external resource. A simple string might
> I hope this helps. Thanks for the question, I think this is an area
> where we can really improve some of our back-office interfaces and
>  http://experimental.worldcat.org/fast/assignfast/
>  http://id.loc.gov/authorities/opensearch/
>  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/about/api/#autosuggest
>  http://jobs.code4lib.org/jobs/ruby/
>  http://wiki.freebase.com/wiki/Freebase_Suggest
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM, Kyle Banerjee <[log in to unmask]>
> > How are libraries doing this and how well is it working?
> > Most systems that even claim to have authority control simply allow a
> > controlled keyword list. But this does nothing for the see and see also
> > references that are essential for many use cases (people known by many
> > names, entities that change names, merge or whatever over time, etc).
> > The two most obvious solutions to me are to write an app that provides
> > information interactively as the query is typed (requires access to the
> > search box) or to have a record that serves as a disambiguation page
> > not be noticed by the user for a variety of reasons). Are there other
> > options, and what do you recommend?
> > Thanks,
> > kyle
Library Systems Programmer
University of Michigan Library