Wednesday, August 30, 2006

RedLightGreen to Cease Nov 1

Michael Brown at the University of California, Irving has posted a message from Merrilee Profitt Program Officer, RLG Programs, OCLC Programs and Research announcing that RedLightGreen will be "transitioning" to WorldCat as of November 1st. This is fallout from the recent OCLC/RLG partnership.

From that message:

"The only key feature that distinguished RedLightGreen from WorldCat.org was citation formatting, and the WorldCat.org development team quickly acknowledged that this feature would be a useful addition to WorldCat.org and are working quickly to make this feature available. Below is an overview of RedLightGreen features, and how they are covered in WorldCat.org.
  • FRBRization of results: RedLightGreen uses a FRBR-like approach to group works in RedLightGreen. OCLC is already employing a similar FRBR-like approach in Open WorldCat. Grouping of works is slightly different than in RedLightGreen; for example, titles in different languages are treated as separate works.
  • Ranking: RedLightGreen orders results by a combination of relevancy to search term and how widely held a work is among contributors to the RLG Union Catalog. Open WorldCat uses a similar approach, weighting the terms in certain fields and the currency of a work, along with how many holdings a work has.
  • Faceted display: RedLightGreen offers users facets for narrowing search results for subject, author, and language. WorldCat.org also offers facets as a way of narrowing a result set; currently facets include author, content, format, language, and year.
  • Citation formatting: RedLightGreen offers a very popular bibliographic citation feature. OCLC plans to offer citation formatting based on the RedLightGreen feature -- you can look for this in early 2007."
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i really like redlight's method of handling multiple editions of titles, it is so much easier than OCLC's method of just assuming that each entry is a separate one.

sign me a sad librarian.

Dan said...

I believe that the new service will include the best of both. Certainly service in the northwest has benefitted by the "merger" of OCLC and WLN. And, the RLG/OCLC is a similar merger.

Not a criticism, but an observation: Each of those organizations merged with OCLC in the same way a jackrabbit merges with a coyote.

After all, this is the US, it is business, and we see survival of the fittest.