Saturday, July 21, 2007

eXtensible Catalog (XC) Survey Results

The U. of Rochester Library has released the results of survey designed to gauge public "interest in the XC system and readiness to implement it."

According to the 10-page report, the Mellon-funded XC will be open source and freely-available to all interested libraries. Phase One of the project (2006-2007) has reviewed potential partners, complementary source code, and other environmental variables.

On page five is a table listing the most commonly desired OPAC enhancements (as selected from a large list, reproducced in the appendix). The top ranked feature is "Optional grouping of related works in search results". One feature listed here, not mentioned in our PIC document, is "Personal showcase pages for institutional/faculty-created content".

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