MIT’s Barton Catalog dataset back online

January 24th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney

The Barton Catalog dataset is back online, after being removed temporarily. Thanks to the SIMILE project (Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments) – a joint project between MIT Libraries and MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) – one million records and 50 million RDF statements from MIT Libraries’ catalog are now available to the public.

The recently released dataset contains two formats instead of the previous three, with MIT choosing not to release the previous MARC 21 version due to issues regarding sensitive information in the set.

MIT will license the copyrightable elements of the database under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, giving users the permission to copy, distribute, display, and prepare derivative works of such elements for non-commercial uses as long as appropriate attribution is given.

The SIMILE project asks to be notified if you make use of the dataset.

The Barton Catalog dataset can be found here.

To read the license in full, click here.

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