Posting to Autocat
On 11/29/2012 12:01 AM, Kevin M Randall wrote:
The user interface can definitely be improved by making the uniform title easier to do and selecting the language, but that would be much easier to do that than the head-banging work of every single cataloger revising every single record.
Oh my, are we still imagining that every single record in every single catalog around the world is going to have to be updated by somebody in real time? Of course *some* will have to be, but the vast majority are likely to get updated–or simply linked to metadata elsewhere–by programs. There’s always going to be a certain amount of “manual” work to be done–in fact, there’s still stuff in Mansell that hasn’t made it to WorldCat, isn’t there? But projects around the world are showing good progress in enriching and adapting the existing metadata.
And hopefully nobody will be having to create WorldCat records for YouTube videos. We should be able to link up the metadata in YouTube with our traditional library metadata, so the pathway will exist, in a local library’s interface, from a record for the printed copy of a paperback copy of the play HAMLET to a YouTube video of a performance of a Romanian adaptation for teenagers.
Yes, “we” are still imagining that–because we don’t have the simple faith that others have that technologists are able to program these problems away. We have very painful memories of such attempts. It would be nice to believe that all will be solved in deus ex machina fashion, where the wise and all-knowing programmers descend from the heavens to solve our mundane problems with their magic algorithms. But unfortunately, we live in the real world–not a world of fantasy. We believe that such things must be demonstrated before we break our catalogs–not afterwards.
By the way, what metadata are you talking about in the youtube videos? Here is one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM-g-Wm6Azc. I see no usable metadata, just the simple text “Hamlet, de W. Shakespeare,1997, Teatrul National Craiova, regia Tompa Gabor” but I guess the mystical/magical algorithms will conjure it up for us.