OCLC Starts COBOAT – Free Software To Help Museums Share Data

OCLC Research released COBOAT, a new software developed by Cognitive Applications Inc to help museums exchange data object descriptions and share data. The project was financed by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Foundation for the development of infrastructure for museum data exchange.

Configuration files allow COBOAT to be adjusted for extraction from different vendor-based or homegrown database systems of collections information, or locally divergent implementations of the same collections management system. The configuration files available for download are designed for output from the Gallery Systems TMS collections management system.

"We have made every effort over the years to share information about our collections as widely as possible. The availability of these new tools promises to turn existing ad-hoc processes into a streamlined and standardized activity," said Doralynn Pines, Associate Director for Administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the five museums participating in this effort.

I am sure that I don’t need to go in more details and any cataloger and curator reading this post will go to the OCLC News blog for details.

For readers who are not librarians, I need to mention that it is critical for museums to find a way to share metadata ( data about data) for their collections, so collections are arranged better and more customers are able to enjoy them. Here is more information on metadata.

Via: OCLC News
http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200932.htm

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