The problem is how to acquire the relevant information or how to extract the required from the pool. This was once a issue in the past as record searching was very tedious and at times it took days for individuals to come up with the adequate set of retrievals.
This was aided by the term 'Cataloging'. Cataloging meant giving an appropriate identification to the item form where it can be easily retrieved. Cataloging can easily be understood if we take into account a library containing many books and journals and you step inside to search for data on economic facts in the World War II era. To get this information you needed to approach the librarian who will present you a book that is compiled of many abstracts from the various books that contain information about the desired World War II facts. This item is called as the catalog and it contains the description of the different books or journals referring to your search. From this catalog you can filter out your choices easily and as there is adequate resource description you could also go for different writer choices. Thus once decided which to choose, you look down at the catalog to find the location of the desired information tool (Book/journal). Thus the catalog acts as a fair assistant to you in minimizing your search time and effectively grants you the opportunity to identify your needs well. Cataloging has facilitated searching immensely.
Cataloging and Description
An important terminology within the catalog is the resource description. The catalog contains every bit of information required about the resource and therefore again is regarded as an effective tool for information handling purpose. The description contained by the catalog can be of any type that is if one goes out to buy/rent a DVD he gets a catalog referring to the cast, story, producer and date of production as well. These tools have greatly eased the searching capability of individuals in this fast moving global age.
The cataloging feature has also facilitated online shopping schemes as at times individuals do not want to get the real feel of the shopping environment and thus want to shop from remote locations.
E-businesses and E-catalogs
I would like to entertain with a few facts that relate to the wide acceptance of cataloging. The world is becoming a global village. Internet is the source for this close, fast and direct communication between different nations. Within the last 20 odd years the web has gained extreme popularity. What ever is required is available on the web. Now people can have focus databases from the entire world within seconds and can easily manipulate their PEST analysis accordingly. How has the web helped the businesses develop For that one needs to understand a few jargons:
E-business-this involves the use of electronic platforms to conduct a company's business
E-commerce-this just involves buying and selling online.
E-marketing-this constitutes of the efforts which the company makes in order to communicate with its customers.
These businesses need to have efficient catalogs in order to sell/market their products