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FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) : a simplified LCSH-based vocabulary

Author: Edward T O'Neill; Lois Mai Chan
Publisher: [Hague, Netherlands] : IFLA, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) schema is by far the most commonly used and widely accepted subject vocabulary for general application. It is the de facto universal controlled vocabulary and has been a model for developing new subjectheading systems around the world. However, LCSH's complex syntax and rules for constructing headings restrict its application by requiring highly skilled personnel and  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward T O'Neill; Lois Mai Chan
OCLC Number: 53932432
Language Note: French, German, and Russian versions also available at http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla69/prog03.htm.
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed Dec. 19, 2003).
At head of title screen: World Library and Information Congress : 69th IFLA General Conference and Council, 1-9 August 2003, Berlin. Code number: 010-E. Meeting: 126. Classification and Indexing.
Electronic version of a paper presented at the 69th IFLA General Conference and Council.
Details: System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Edward T. O'Neill and Lois Mai Chan.
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The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) schema is by far the most commonly used and widely accepted subject vocabulary for general application. It is the de facto universal controlled vocabulary and has been a model for developing new subjectheading systems around the world. However, LCSH's complex syntax and rules for constructing headings restrict its application by requiring highly skilled personnel and limit the effectiveness of automated authority control. Recent trends, driven to a large extent by the rapid growth of the Web, are forcing changes in bibliographic control systems to make them easier to use, understand, and apply, and subject headings are no exception. The purpose of adapting the LCSH in a faceted schema with a simplified syntax is to retain the very rich vocabulary of LCSH while making it easier to understand, control, apply, and use. The FAST schema maintains upward compatibility with LCSH, and any valid set of LC subject headings can be converted to FAST headings. FAST consists of eight distinct facets. Authority records have been created for all established headings except for the chronological facet. The initial version of the FAST authority file will contain approximately two million authority records.

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