Google Sky and cataloguing standards : an example of the divergence between the most queried astronomical information and what cataloguing standards allow us to describe

Alonso-Lifante, M-Pilar and Chain-Navarro, Celia Google Sky and cataloguing standards : an example of the divergence between the most queried astronomical information and what cataloguing standards allow us to describe. Revista Española de Documentación Científica, 2013, vol. 36, n. 4. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]

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English abstract

A survey has been carried out on the astronomical information supplied by Google Sky and the information which can be described using the standards MARC21, ISBD consolidated edition, and RDA. The main goal of the study is to show that some astronomical and astrophysical information is still not taken into account in describing different astronomical resources as well as cartographic material. This information could eventually be incorporated as description fields of the aforementioned cataloguing rules. Such fields would allow us to carry out a much more complete and adequate description of these astronomical resources. We have focused on celestial objects appearing in astronomical images which can be found in astronomical archives and libraries. First a brief survey of astronomical information supplied by Google Sky and its linked databases, SIMBAD and NED is performed. Subsequently, we show how the existing description fields describe celestial cartographic materials, and finally we present a new proposal consisting of the desirable minimum parameters which could be included in bibliographic records.

Spanish abstract

Se realiza una revisión tanto de la información astronómica que ofrece Google Sky como la que permiten describir MARC21, ISBD consolidada y RDA, para demostrar que no se han contemplado hasta el momento determinados parámetros astronómicos y astrofísicos, susceptibles de convertirse en futuros campos de descripción de estos estándares. Dichos campos permitirán realizar descripciones mucho más completas y adecuadas de diferentes recursos astronómicos como material cartográfico. En concreto, se analizan exclusivamente aquellos objetos celestes contenidos en imágenes astrofotográficas que pueden encontrarse en archivos y bibliotecas astronómicas. Para ello, primero se realiza una síntesis de la información astronómica que ofrecen Google Sky y las bases de datos a las que enlaza, SIMBAD y NED. Posteriormente se indican los campos de descripción de los que disponen estos estándares para describir material cartográfico celeste y, por último, se realiza una propuesta de los parámetros mínimos deseables relevantes que podrían incluirse en un registro.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: Google Sky; SIMBAD; NED; cataloguing; MARC 21; ISBD consolidated edition; RDA; celestial cartographic material description; astronomical images; astronomical information retrieval. Google Sky; SIMBAD; NED; catalogación; MARC 21; ISBD consolidada; RDA; descripción de cartografía celeste; imágenes astronómicas; recuperación de información astronómica.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BH. Information needs and information requirements analysis.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DH. Special libraries.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HL. Databases and database Networking.
I. Information treatment for information services > IA. Cataloging, bibliographic control.
Depositing user: MP Alonso-Lifante
Date deposited: 20 Jan 2014 15:41
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:29
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/21177

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