Since Cornell began its FAST project early last year we've been gratified by the interest shown by colleagues at other institutions. I'm pleased to announce that we now have FAST implemented as the faceting vocabulary in our production catalogue. Please try it out for yourselves:
We feel that FAST offers noticeably cleaner and more intuitive faceting than LCSH, something that is especially noticeable in the geographical facet. Equally important, each FAST heading is associated with an identifier and thus helps lay the foundation for our ongoing linked data work.
In addition to FAST the new catalogue has a number of other notable features, including what we think is a particularly well-implemented browse feature.
It's been hugely rewarding to work with the OCLC Research team on this project. A special vote of thanks to them, and to Cornell's Discovery and Access team.
If you'd like to know more, our presentation from ALA last year is a good place to start: http://connect.ala.org/node/226498.
Chew Chiat Naun
(on behalf of the Cornell FAST team: Gary Branch, Steven Folsom, Sarah Ross and Ardeen White)