RLUK is sponsoring a comprehensive survey designed to deliver a national review of where we are in the UK in relation to ‘hidden’ collections and moves to ensure that collections are exposed to a much larger audience.
The last summary of the position in the UK of the state of retrospective cataloguing was in 2007, in the report, Uncovering Hidden Resources, published by the Research Information Network. The aim of the present survey however is eventually to establish a National Register of retrospective cataloguing, in the context of advances since then in the area of resource discovery and in the ongoing movement to open up library-related data for free re-use. The recently launched RLUK/JISC Resource Discovery Task Force vision has stated for example that the bedrock of future resource discovery in the UK will consist of