When Linked Data is (not) enough. Cataloguing Tools between Obsolescence and Innovation


The irruption of the informative space of Web, as new manner to disseminate and share information content, has imposed in the last years an important rethinking of international bibliographic production in its theoretical and methodological basis. In this paper we try to understand the evolutive way of the cataloguing tools though the identification and definition of several change factors (technical and functional): which could be in the next future the new challenges related to the creation and treatment of information?


Bibliographic control; Opac; Linked data; Information retrieval.

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