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Testing the CORC System as a Tool for Managing Agricultural Information

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  023094,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.10455) @2002
Authors:   Stuart R. Gagnon, Joseph R. Makuch, Sherry L. Davids
Keywords:   information systems; information; Internet; reports; journal articles; water quality; Water Quality Information Center; National Agricultural Library; Online Computer Library Center; Cooperative Online Resource Catalog

An important function of all libraries is to catalog information which can later be located and accessed by people who need it. Agricultural libraries are not exceptions. As the World Wide Web has emerged as an important and vast repository of agriculture-related information, so too has the need for a systematic mechanism to catalog (describe, identify and manage) electronic information for easily locating specific resources. To help address this need, libraries are expanding their information management techniques with a distributed system for metadata entry with a centralized database. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), a leading global library system cooperative, has created the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC), a Web-based system model that facilitates metadata creation for Web resources selected and evaluated by libraries across the country. In 2001, the National Agricultural Library (NAL) began a pilot test of the CORC system to determine how it fits with the library's current information management activities, such as producing AGRICOLA --- a database of citations to the agricultural literature created by NAL and its cooperators. This paper describes NAL's experience with the CORC system and how it may benefit producers and users of agricultural information.

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