It is my understanding that the vast majority of searches will work,
but it's complicated. If you want the complicated explanation you
might want to take a look at this PowerPoint and/or some of the
resources listed on the page that you identified:
On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM, Joshua Welker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> To my understanding, FAST is a simplified subset of LCSH that is compatible with the LCSH dictionary. http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/fast.html
> Am I wrong? If so, please let me know. It will take me about 10 minutes to change my app from FAST back to the official LOC API.
> Josh Welker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ross Singer
> Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 5:14 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] LOC Subject Headings API
> Do FAST headings match anything?
> I guess what I mean is, do you have data that uses FAST headings? If not, what is it matching?
> On Thursday, June 6, 2013, Joshua Welker wrote:
>> I finished the project. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!
>> I ended up using the OCLC Fast API
>> rather than saving everything locally. Tracking down the entire LCSH
>> authority listing and parsing it into a simple data format was just
>> The search box I built suggests the LCSH terms from OCLC as well as
>> LibGuides and LibraryH3lp FAQ links. jQuery UI Autocomplete is used
>> for the suggestion functionality. The search box send actual searches
>> to EBSCO Discovery Service. You can see it below on our homepage:
>> Josh Welker