Nov 242011

Another new short video is available on the SUNCAT website. It is a step-by-step demonstration of SUNCAT, highlighting the search options and how to view Table of Contents and access full-text articles of selected journals found via the service.

As mentioned in a blog post last month, there is also a short video available in which Natasha Aburrow-Jones, SUNCAT Project Officer, describes SUNCAT, including its coverage, functionality and features.

We hope both of these productions will help you get the most out of SUNCAT and also introduce and promote the service to users. If you have any questions about the videos, or the service in general, please contact the EDINA helpdesk at

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Jan 232008

The SUNCAT team recently held a teleconference with Janifer Gatenby and John MacColl from OCLC to discuss collaborating on a project to enhance discovery to delivery. OCLC have recently loaded 30 million articles into WorldCat and discussions led to the idea for a scoping study, using a sample of around 30,000 electronic serials. The aim of the study is to investigate joining up discovery to delivery including article level information and connecting to the wider content of a serial, including articles in the same issue or to related articles in other issues of the same serial. This will involve consideration of the creation of an electronic serials registry which would have the potential to be usable as a CLOCKSS and serials registry and/or as an authority file for the serials.

The group are also interested in investigating work related to FRBR and the clustering of material at work level. As a union catalogue, SUNCAT has experience of matching serials at work level, while WorldCat has done work on identifying work clusters. Collaboration would benefit both services, assisting the process of distinguishing different expressions of a work and their related metadata, clustering these at work level and hence reducing duplication.

A background paper is currently being prepared by OCLC and this will inform the next meeting to be held in March.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at
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