Psting to Autocat
On 11/14/2013 1:58 PM, Marc Truitt wrote:
Assuming I’ve not missed some subtlety in Jim’s message — always a possibility! — I do see one problem. What if I know nothing of Fforde’s wonderful works, but am interested — say, from an academic perspective — in discovering works of fiction (other than the ones in which they originally appeared) that feature Jane Eyre or Miss Havisham as characters? Can I be taken to Fforde’s work, knowing nothing other than the names of these two characters?
Actually, yes you can although it is not simple. Again, if there were a link from the NAF authority record for “Eyre, Jane (Fictitious character)” to the associated Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Eyre_%28character%29 and you go to the very bottom, someone has placed in the widget under Related Works:
Wide Sargasso Sea (novel) – Wide Sargasso Sea (film) – Wide Sargasso Sea (TV) – The Eyre Affair – The Madwoman in the Attic – Rebecca
and you get your link. I would suspect there are many more uses of the Jane Eyre character than these, however.
I don’t see the related references to these books in the dbpedia page for Jane Eyre, but I confess that I have never really understood how dbpedia and Wikipedia are related. Still, the link could be in the dbpedia record, and therefore, by using the dbpedia API a catalog could interoperate with the dbpedia record. You don’t need to enter the “linked data” universe to do it–just use the API to import what you need by making a mashup.
I admit that this is complex and perhaps difficult to justify in our current economic landscape. But we needn’t always dwell in such depressing realms. We can dream, too. And dreaming about how we *would* solve cataloguing problems such as these is, I think, good for our souls.
As I pointed out earlier, research is essential if we are to create something that the public wants and not just something a few of us want. People may love this type of searching capability, maybe only 0.5% will, or maybe 99.5% will. We have no idea. Apropos of this, I read a short article yesterday from TechRepublic, which seems very apt: “Why ignoring the end-user makes you seem incompetent” where the author mentioned that she was thinking about the disaster of healthcare.gov.
“The recent high-profile fiasco of the healthcare.gov website has reminded me of an issue I’ve seen more and more of lately, and that is: a disregard for customer service.”
Very true words. We should not be making another healthcare.gov. My last podcast “Cataloging Matters no. 19: Library Catalogs and Information Architecture” was about this. If I were going to record that podcast today, I would use the example of healthcare.gov instead of pathfinder.com. Both disasters were due to the builders not caring about the customers/public.