RILM abstracts of music literature in its global multilingual environment

Blazekovic, Zdravko RILM abstracts of music literature in its global multilingual environment., 2014 . In Faster, Smarter and Richer. Reshaping the library catalogue, Roma (Italy), 27-28 February 2014. (Unpublished) [Presentation]

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Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), with its international office based in New York, publishes since 1967 its abstracted music bibliography with a detailed indexing. As a bibliography of significant scholarship concerning all genres of music, published in all document types, and appearing anywhere in the world, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is an essential research and discovery tool used by music scholars all over the world. First publishing bibliography in annual printed volumes and then making it available online through DIALOG Information Retrieval Services as early as 1979, RILM has always been at the forefront of technological innovations, making its international and multilingual content equally accessible to scholars working in different linguistic environments. At the time when RILM was appearing only in print, its indexing thesaurus were translated to seventeen languages, allowing users to find the desired English-language term starting from a language most familiar to them. Now, when the bibliography is available online through EBSCO and ProQuest platforms, RILM has implemented several tools for searching in a variety of languages and from computer keyboards using different scripts. Bibliographic information and sbstracts for publications in languages using non-roman writing systems RILM presents in English as well as in the original language. For personal names, geographic locations, musical instruments, genres, work titles, and institutions RILM has created equivalency files which allow efficient searching of its English-language content with terms in other languages. RILM’s database also implements a number of fields which facilitating linked data within global library networks, such as DOI for bibliographic information, URLs for the content residing on open web, VIAF and ISNI numbers for linking names to national library authority catalogues, Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® for linking geographic locations. Concepts for future linking data include matching RILM indexing with the content in relevant music databases, such as for example manuscripts and prints in the Répertoire International de Sources Musicales (RISM). The presentation will demonstrate the requirements placed before a global bibliographic service and the tools which RILM has developed to answer them in making its content available for an efficient search within multilingual global environment.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), linked data, multilingual equivalencies
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IC. Index languages, processes and schemes.
Depositing user: Ilaria Fava
Date deposited: 10 Mar 2014 09:57
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:30


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