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NICEM Implements Next Generation in Database Tools

Magazine article Information Today

NICEM Implements Next Generation in Database Tools

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NICEM (National Information Center for Educational Media) has announced that it has implemented two new database applications that will result in higher-quality new records in the NICEM database. These tools will enable NICEM editors to more efficiently and accurately capture information for the bibliographic records as well as assign subject terms more consistently and precisely.

The NICEM database has been converted from a simple relational database management system to an XML-based intranet system. The bibliographic records are stored as XML documents, which are metadata descriptions of the educational audiovisual materials. Stored in this fashion, the data are usable by any system that meets standardized criteria.

The new database system was developed by NICEM's parent corporation, Access Innovations, Inc., an electronic database construction and management firm. NICEM's sister division, Data Harmony, Inc., plans to make the software available for sale to other organizations beginning this month.

The second enhancement, a machine-aided indexing (MAT) application, has been implemented in the new system. The MAT program, utilizing the NICEM thesaurus of 4,300 subject terms along with 6,000 syntax rules written by NICEM editors, uses natural language processing to read the bibliographic record and then suggest subject terms to the editor. …

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