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Goal: WeCat demo

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WeCat demo live

Wikipage: (MARCcat Subgroup) -

Annalisa demonstrated WeCat.


  • Center of page - Search Functions. There are two different kinds of indexes for searching:
    • Primary - Located in drop down menu. Title, Name, Subject, etc.
    • Secondary - Each index has a sub-index. For example, sub-indexes of name include Conferences, Corporate Name, Personal Name
  • There are several methods to create a new record in WeCat:
    • "External" - Records can be obtained from an outside source or sources such as the Library of Congress . The system reports back on the success of a record import and displays the new records identification number.
    • Import a record from a file. Example showed a file in .mrc on local system being imported. There is a link to "view" the record immediately after import.
    • Create a new record from a template. Templates are predefined. Bibliographic templates include Expression, Manifestation. A fuller record can be built based on the template. The system has many guides that aid in building fields by offering tag types, relationship queues, etc. As you create a record you can select the Group to which it belongs: Work, Expression, or Manifestation.
    • New Record - Select "New Record" button. The system will open a default template configured to the user's account. Another template can be chosen beside the default if desired. Every field presented can be edited for current purposes. Authority fields can be accessed from this new bibliographic template. If unsure of the appropriate MARC tag, the system has aids in place to assist with field creations.
      • If a name is entered into an authority controlled field, the user is given the option to "Browse." This takes the user to the authority database, so the exact entry can be selected and linked to the bibliographic record. These authority names are in ORACLE tables. These are also available as Postgres DB Within each table all of the information related to the heading is present. Annalisa showed the table in her presentation.
      • The tables relate the headings to the bibliographic database.
      • The relator term can be selected and defined at this point as well. An index of all of the relator terms possible is available.
      • Titles are indexed as well. The user can select a title that exists within the database or create their own title.
      • 336, 337, and 338 fields also have a drop down menu from which the user can select the appropriate term
      • 76X and 77X - Various kinds of relationships between bibliographic records can be defined. Annalisa demonstrated the creation of a reciprocal relationship between bibliographic records.
      • A Holding and Item can be added to the Bibliographic Record.
    • Linkages from the Bibliographic Database to the Authority Database can be transferred from one authority to another.
    • The system can also look to external authority databases to retrieve authority records, including URIs from external sources.
    • Cross references within the authority database can be created also.
    • Relationships between Work, Expressions, and Manifestations can be created.

Jacquie (via chat): Do we always have to use drop-downs? Or, are key commands also possible? I am thinking about ergonomics ... Also, can we activate button functionality (such as create new" with keystrokes?


  • What does the "View" display with multiple record imports? Does View report failures?
  • Are libraries that are already using WeCat taking advantage of the Work, Expression, Manifestation features? Are there any existing discovery layers that are able to take advantage of this?
  • Does WeCat use UTF-8?
  • Is the title record that was demonstrated a Work record, or were you referring to a Uniform Title?
  • In WeCat, what features distinguish a holding record from an item record? The holding record seemed to have a lot of fields I am used to seeing in an item record.

Planning of the work

  • next meeting: demo of a specific WeCat feature: the Searching module by Tiziana Possemato
  • discussion about presented features, and documentation sharing (use cases)
  • Tiziana Possemato will share a list of the existing WeCat functions or tasks (that they are planning to port to MarcCat) which we’ll go over at the coming meetings ; she’ll indicate what functionality has the highest priority, and also add screenshots of those functions (already scheduled, but not still done)

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  1. Hi to everybody,

    I attached a document to asnwer to you question done in section Q&A.

  2. Hello everyone,

    I have updated the document that Annalisa has attached to answer one of the questions you did in the last meeting.

    Have a nice monday!

  3. Thanks David and nice monday to everyone!