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Die Zukunft des vernetzten Katalogs

Die CIL 2007 scheint eine tolle Veranstaltung gewesen zu sein, und Nicole C. Engard ist eine prima Konferenzbloggerin. Ich komme nicht umhin, nochmals ausführlich aus der gebloggten Zusammenfassung eines Vortrags zu zitieren:

Tim Spalding of LibraryThing started out with his talk entitled „The Fun OPAC“. Tim quotes Casey Bisson who said that the OPAC was broken in three ways: usability, findability and remixability. Tim argues that that is not enough – he also thinks it’s missing funability. (…) Unlike other speakers on this topic, Tim thinks we need to bring the catalog out front and center. He says so used to hiding it behind our websites because we’re ashamed of it – and we can’t change it (which is very true).

So, how do we make it fun?

  • Allow inbound links!

links into our catalogs are always timed out when you find them in search results. People want to link into this information and they assume it will always be there. One way to solve this is to provide a permalink (…)

  • Allow links outwards

The more you link outwards the more people will come to you. This includes links out of your catalog. Tim said that some libraries say no to this because they won’t link to commercial sites. Tim asks, why? Your patrons know about the bookstores! Good websites don’t work like malls, where all of the exits are hidden and they try to keep you inside. (…)

  • Get your data out there

Stop thinking you’re the only people who can work with your data!! (…) There are bored techies out there who want to do fun things with your data. People will think of things to do with your data that you haven’t thought of yourself.

  • Provide remixable content

Users don’t want your data. They don’t want generic new book lists, they want their own content. RSS feeds for specific searches, authors, tags. They want a way to tell people what they’re reading (…)

(Es gab noch zwei weitere Punkte, die ich komplett weggelassen habe, weil sie mich hier nicht interessieren.)

Ich finde, daÃ? Tim Spalding hier nicht nur vieles auf den Punkt bringt, was sich an Katalogen ändern müÃ?te, sondern auch, daÃ? er sozusagen den richtigen Blickwinkel hat. Es geht ihm nämlich nicht hauptsächlich um die Anreicherung, sondern um die Vernetzung des Katalogs; nicht darum, daÃ? Benutzer dem Katalog etwas hinzufügen dürfen, sondern darum, die Informationen dorthin zu lassen, wo sie von den Benutzern kontrolliert und verwendet werden können.

Autor: Lambert Heller

Librarian 2.0, interested in knowledge management, publishing and communities on the web. Likes Open Access / Open Data. Hannover, Germany.

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