XML Name Access Control (NAC) Repository
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Library is pleased to announce that our XML Name Access Control (NAC) Repository project has recently undergone some new developments. With many new features added, the Repository is now fully integrated with our cataloging operations and a link has been established between the Repository and the authority file in our local library system, INNOPAC. The catalogers can import an authority record from INNOPAC into the Repository and enhance it into a metadata record by adding non-Latin scripts and attributes to the different name forms. The metadata, serving as a name access control record stored in the Repository, can be used to generate authority records in different MARC formats as required. Through this Project, we have successfully demonstrated the flexibility and effectiveness of using XML for describing name information of personal authors, especially those with name forms in multiple languages or scripts.
The Repository consists of these components:
- A searchable database of metadata on personal authors in XML format.
- An XML NAC schema derived and extended from the Library of Congress's MARC XML Schema.
- A Web-based interface for creating and editing metadata for the Repository.
- Functions enabling catalogers to pull an authority record from the INNOPAC Authority File into the Repository and put it back to the Authority File after enhancement.
- Data to be viewed in various formats: MARC21 Model A and B, China MARC, and MARC XML.
- A ZING (Z39.50 International : Next Generation) SRU (Search and Retrieval by URL) interface.
The Repository now contains names for over 1,700 persons and the number is growing. The public can access and search it through any Web browser that support UTF-8 encoding, at http://lbxml.ust.hk/nac/. If you wish to find out more about this project, please visit our Web site, http://library.ust.hk/info/nac/.
Your feedback on this project will be welcome.
Head, Cataloging Department
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon