FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology)—Dataset

On this page you can download the most current FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) dataset. You can read about the activity here, access the FAST data through a search interface at http://fast.oclc.org/searchfast/, or access FAST as Linked Data at http://id.worldcat.org/fast/.

FAST is an enumerative, faceted subject heading schema derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The purpose of adapting the LCSH with a simplified syntax to create FAST is to retain the very rich vocabulary of LCSH while making the schema easier to understand, control, apply, and use. The schema maintains upward compatibility with LCSH, and any valid set of LC subject headings can be converted to FAST headings.

License

This FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) data files are made available by OCLC under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By): http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/fast/odcby.htm.

The License allows the data to be used for study and research, among other things, with attribution in works produced from the database. The plain language summary of the License can be read here.

Attribution

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FAST was last updated on 11/5/2013.

  • Download the FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Data in ISO MARC
    • All files (.zip: 105MB)
    • By Facet (Longer Facets are in several files)
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