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Projects and pilots

Trials, tests and works in progress

Whether it's an enhancement to an existing service or an entirely new way of dealing with library information, at OCLC we're always working to transform our industry research and analysis into useable products. Check here from time-to-time for an inside look at what we're currently working on.

Many of the products "under construction" have one or more hands-on trials or applications. Spend some time experimenting, and leave us comments.

Projects in "the works" are not complete and may not be fully functional or tested. Also, there's never a guarantee that they'll become finished, available products, but we do want you to sample what's cooking in the kitchen. Once a product moves out of "the works," you can look at the History section to find information about its past.

experimental.worldcat.org

You may also want to visit experimental.worldcat.org, where experimental projects are shared with the community during their development and testing stages.


New tools or products

ILS synchronization gateway (2012–2013)

OCLC and member libraries are working together in a pilot project to evaluate software that will streamline the process of updating WorldCat. The software, referred to as ILS synchronization gateway, will be installed on a local library workstation or server. It will detect new, changed and deleted bibliographic records in the local ILS, send the changes to OCLC and update WorldCat.


WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service (2012–2013)

WorldShare Interlibrary Loan is a new service that will replace WorldCat Resource Sharing, as part of libraries' existing OCLC Resource Sharing subscriptions. The service centralizes workflows now managed in multiple systems and will provide new functionality that speeds fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests and saves time for library staff and library users. The new WorldShare Platform supports new features in WorldShare ILL that require interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library's ILS.


Shared Print Management (May 2012)

Between January 2010 and March 2012, a pilot project was formed to develop recommendations for how libraries could use WorldCat to register content contributed to shared print archives. The Committee consisted of representatives within and outside of OCLC, and additional experts were consulted, to ensure that the metadata guidelines and implementation procedures were consistent with community norms. Pilot participants contributed to the development of metadata guidelines, refined a procedure for registering print archive collections in WorldCat, tested record creation and contribution mechanisms, and evaluated the impact of print archive registration on current inter-lending practices.


National Public Library Union Catalogue in UK (January 2011)

OCLC and The Combined Regions (TCR) have announced plans to launch Britain's first freely accessible national public library union catalogue, the first of its kind in the country.


Cooperative Collection Management Trust (CCMT) (March 2008)

The Cooperative Collection Management Trust (CCMT) is a group of institutions connected by the need to reduce the costs and footprint associated with physical storage and management of print materials while maintaining access to the content. OCLC is leading a pilot program that seeks to address these needs across a variety of institutions in North America.