As the Quicksearch beta project moves towards becoming a production-level service, there’s been a good deal of activity in Orbis and Morris related to data cleanup.
As found with the Yufind project, the exposure of metadata in discovery systems is a double-edged sword: more metadata can be made visible, accessible and usable- but this also means that typos, outdated cataloging standards, and changing policies will surface.
Much of the cleanup work in Orbis has been done in the Catalog Management team, and led by Arcadia Falcone, Discovery Metadata Librarian.
Here’s a post on format mapping in Quicksearch by Arcadia, and most of this presentation to Tech Services discusses the additional cleanup work done by CMT.
This work is doubly important, since it not only optimizes and tidies the metadata presented in Quicksearch beta but also prepares our catalog metadata in Orbis for a future migration to a new ILS.