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Updated 22 NOV 99
Project Number and Title
4025 - Data Enhancement of Library Catalogues
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ A 2 April 1996 December 1998 32

Keywords : bibliographic records; client-server architecture; library catalogues; quality control; user interface
Related projects : COBRA; MORE; UseMARCON

blue bullet Additional information is available on the DELICAT web site (


Action Line A: Network-oriented internal library systems.

Call topic(s)

Call topic 2: Tools and methods for the creation and use of library material in electronic form.

Project description

DELICAT aims to develop a programme to improve quality control of bibliographic database records by means of a knowledge-based error-detection system designed to be connected to library networks using client-server architecture. The system will receive records and make decisions on the probability that they contain errors or non-conformances affecting their quality.

Technical approach

DELICAT developed facilities that significantly reduce the amount of time required for human correction, by automating the detection process and, as far as possible, categorising the types of error detected.

  • User and system requirements were first determined.
  • The demonstrator was based on the following technical criteria:
    • Application of a knowledge-based system designed to detect errors in MARC catalogues.
    • Compilation of lists of various types indicating the types of corrective action required (mechanical errors, format errors, etc.).
    • Integration of appropriate client-server technology.
    • Possibility of connection to any network..
    • Two types of file result, one containing records which are deemed to be correct, the other containing records which apparently require correction

Key issues

While offering new advantages and access to new services, interconnection between libraries also entails drawbacks, in particular the probability that incorrect catalogue records will be copied and recopied with a resultant decline in the quality of service.

The need for enhanced quality control of bibliographic records is clearly felt by library managers. If a library receives large volumes of information over the network, considerable re-sources often need to be devoted to cleaning up the new files.

Impact and expected results

DELICAT provides a service that benefits libraries and end users of networks for importing/exporting records and for information retrieval. The system is usable by bibliographic record producers/exporters and record importers and by bibliographic record distributors.

DELICAT also offers advantages for the library services commercial sector involved in retroconversion work.

The system helps control accuracy of databases, allowing libraries to cooperate more safely due to reduced errors, so it should help increase and improve the exchange of resources, leading ultimately to increased benefits to library users, as well as to librarians.

A system which contributes to the quality of the information itself, rather than the technical infrastructure, plays a key role in improving the services offered in the evolving information society.

The resulting knowledge-based system for quality control of bibliographic records is suitable for application by the project partners. The system is application independent and can be used under any client-server architecture, in any library management system.

The co-ordinator intends to develop the system further and to market it to large and medium-sized libraries making extensive use of networked bibliographic record exchanges.


The main deliverables, not all of which are public, include:

  • User requirements report
  • System description m Architecture design document
  • Detailed design documents m Demonstration and dissemination plan
  • User test protocols specification m Validation and verification plan
  • Software user manual m Annual and Final project reports.

Additional information is available on the DELICAT web site at DELICAT web site .


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Ifigenia Plus, S. L. E - 28004 MADRID ES
Title, First Name, Name Ms Alicia MORENO Address: Plaza de Alonso Martínez 3, 2º
Tel: + 34 91 446 91 05 Fax: + 34 91 445 65 69
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Frauenhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung DE P
British Library UK P
Bibliothèque Nationale Albert 1er BE P
Biblioteca Nacional ES P
Universidad de Granada ES A

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