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OCLC Internet Cataloging Project Database Now Available

Magazine article Information Today

OCLC Internet Cataloging Project Database Now Available

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A searchable catalog of Internet resources--InterCat--will be available at URL: http://www.oclc.org:6990 through March 31, 1996. The InterCat catalog is an experimental, proof-of-concept database created through the OCLC Internet Cataloging project, which is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, office of library programs.

The InterCat catalog comprises nearly 1,000 bibliographic records for selected Internet resources. Using a Web browser, users can search the database, view retrieval lists, display records, and follow "hot links" to the described resources. The database was implemented by the OCLC office of research using OCLC SiteSearch and WebZ software.

"This is a modest but exciting start," said project manager Erik Jul. "The primary goal of this project is to build the database in such a way that exercises and energizes the enormous value that librarians and library systems bring to information management. This project places emphasis on library functions--identifying, selecting, and providing description and access records--as well as on building an integrated, searchable database."

Records in the database have been created by librarians, most of whom are associated with the 181 institutions worldwide that are participating in the OCLC Internet Cataloging project. Participants in the project identify, select, and catalog resources using widely accepted professional standards and practices for information description. Records in the catalog were created in accordance with Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2d ed. …

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