The ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee is pleased to announce that Ed
O'Neill, Senior Research Scientist, will be a guest speaker at its Monday,
January 27 meeting 1-2 pm at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2014, Philadelphia. The
title of his presentation is “FAST:  A Subject Schema for the Web”

Date:  Monday, January 27, 2014

Time:  1-2:00 pm

Location:  Doubletree Hotel, Ormandy Ballroom

Program Title:  FAST:  A Subject Schema for the Web

Presenter:  Ed O'Neill, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC

Sponsor:  ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee

*Program Summary:*
Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) is a new subject
vocabulary derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).
FAST was developed as an enumerative post-coordinate system for the
Semantic Web jointly by OCLC and the Library of Congress.  It uses a
simplified faceted syntax but retains LCSH's rich vocabulary. LCSH’s
complex syntax, rules for constructing headings, and its dependence on MARC
have restricted its application beyond traditional library catalogs.
Recent trends, driven to a large extent by the rapid growth of the Web, are
forcing changes in bibliographic control systems to make them easier to
use, understand, and apply, and subject headings are no exception. The
presentation will review to the origins and development of FAST, explain
its structure and syntax,  look at the differences and similarities between
FAST and LCSH, explore FAST's potential for improving discovery, discuss
its use as open access linked data, examine how FAST is being applied, and
describe how WorldCat is being enriched with FAST headings.


Edward T. O’Neill is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Research.  He did
his undergraduate work at Albion College and his doctoral work at Purdue
University in Industrial Engineering doing research focused the application
of operations research techniques to libraries.  In 1968, he accepted a
joint appointment in the Department of Industrial Engineering and the
School of Information and Library Studies at the University at Buffalo.  In
1978-1979, he spent a sabbatical year as OCLC’s first Visiting
Distinguished Scholar.  He was appointed as Dean of the Matthew A. Baxter
School of Library and Information Science at Case Western Reserve
University in 1980 where he stayed until returning to OCLC in 1983 as
research scientist. His research interests include authority control,
subject analysis, database quality, collection management, and
bibliographic relationship.