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The COMET project will release a large sub-set of bibliographic data from Cambridge University Library catalogues as open structured metadata, testing a number of technologies and methodologies including XML, RDF, SPARQL and JSON. The project will explore the value of a linked approach to enrichment of records using services provided by OCLC to assign FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) headings to the metadata, allowing the development of innovative services for information retrieval and resource discovery. COMET will investigate and document the availability of metadata for the library’s collections which can be released openly in machine-readable formats and the barriers which prevent other data from being exposed in this way.

COMET (Cambridge Open METadata)

The COMET project will release a large sub-set of bibliographic data from Cambridge University Library catalogues as open structured metadata, testing a number of technologies and methodologies including XML, RDF, SPARQL and JSON.

The project will explore the value of a linked approach to enrichment of records using services provided by OCLC to assign FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) headings to the metadata, allowing the development of innovative services for information retrieval and resource discovery.

COMET will investigate and document the availability of metadata for the library’s collections which can be released openly in machine-readable formats and the barriers which prevent other data from being exposed in this way.

Project Staff

Ed Chamberlain
Systems Development Librarian
Cambridge University Library
emc59@cam.ac.uk
01223 747437
Summary
Start date
1 February 2011
End date
31 July 2011
Funding programme
Information Environment Programme 2009-11
Project website
Lead institutions

University of Cambridge