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Updated 06 SEP 99

Project Number and Title
4025 - Data Enhancement of Library Catalogues
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ A 2 April 1996
bibliographic records; client-server architecture; library catalogues; quality control; user interface

blue bullet Additional information is available on the DELICAT web site (

Action Line A: Network-oriented internal library systems.
Call topic(s)
2: Tools and methods for the creation and use of library material in electronic form.
Project description
The objective of the project is to develop a programme able to improve the quality control of bibliographic database records by means of a knowledge-based error-detection system designed to be connected to library networks using client-server architecture.
While offering new advantages and access to new services, interconnection between libraries also entails drawbacks, in particular the probability that incorrect catalogue records will be copied and recopied with a resultant decline in the quality of service.
Quality control in this area will benefit from the development of a knowledge-based system designed for network connection and programmed to receive records and make decisions on the probability that they contain errors or non-conformances affecting their quality.
Technical approach
The demonstrator will be based on the following technical criteria:
  • application of a knowledge-based system designed to detect errors in MARC catalogues;
  • compilation of lists of various types indicating the types of corrective action required (mechanical errors, format errors, etc.);
  • integration of client-server technology;
  • possibility of connection to any network.
The outcome will be two types of file, one containing records which are deemed to be correct, the other containing records which apparently require correction.
Key issues
The need for enhanced quality control of bibliographic records is clearly felt by library managers. If a library receives large volumes of information over the network, considerable resources often need to be devoted to cleaning up the new files.
The project will need to develop facilities which will significantly reduce the amount of time required for human correction by automating the detection process and, as far as possible, categorising the types of error detected.
Impact and expected results
Currently there are no products available in the European library sector for contributing to greater efficiency in the area of bibliographic control. There are thus clearly potential users for this type of system at a time when the need to computerise the library has given way to the application of information technology to improve the quality of services libraries offer.
A system which contributes to the quality of the information itself rather than the technical infrastructure will play a key role in improving the services offered in the evolving information society.
On project completion, the knowledge-based system for quality control of bibliographic records will be suitable for application by the project partners. The coordinator intends to develop the system further and to market it to large and medium-sized libraries making extensive use of networked bibliographic record exchanges.
Additional information is available on the DELICAT web site at


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Ifigenia Plus, S. L. E - 28004 MADRID ES
Title, First Name, Name Ms Alicia MORENO Address: Plaza de Alonso Martínez 3, 2º
Tel: +34 34 91 446 91 05 Fax: + 34 91 445 65 69
E-mail 1: E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Frauenhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung DE P
British Library UK P
Bibliothèque Nationale Albert 1er BE P
Biblioteca Nacional ES P

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