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Metadata rematrixed: merging museum and library boundaries

Priscilla Caplan (Florida Center for Library Automation, Gainesville, Florida, USA)
Stephanie Haas (University of Florida Libraries, Gainesville, Florida, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



Linking Florida's Natural History uses species information as the nexus for pulling together scientific data from museum specimen databases and library catalogs of scientific literature. The goals of the IMLS funded project were to integrate specimen records and bibliographic records about the same species; to create an interface equally easy for scientists, students and laymen to use; and to enhance bibliographic description to make it more usable in a taxonomic and environmental context. Although some development was required to enable Z39.50‐based broadcast search across bibliographic and specimen collections, the bulk of the work was devoted to identifying and overcoming inconsistencies between the resource description practices of libraries and museums. Enriching records with taxonomic and geographic information was also a challenge.



Caplan, P. and Haas, S. (2004), "Metadata rematrixed: merging museum and library boundaries", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 263-269.



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