Lots of discussions going on with the crew working on OCLC Web Services--everything from making our services more mobile-friendly to upcoming API enhancements to long-term vision and plans to make more APIs for more OCLC services. In the midst of all these discussions, though, we're quite pleased to announce the VALAtech Boot Camp OCLC API Mashathon. Planned for Monday, 8 February as a preconference for VALA2010, the OCLC Developer Network (at least some of us) will be in Melbourne, Australia to help more library developers make the most use of library APIs and Web services. As the conference site says,
"... participants a firm grounding in a variety of OCLC-provided APIs, including the WorldCat Search API. All of these services are free to qualifying institutions. You will emerge well-prepared to use a rich array of library APIs to enhance your local services."
What the site doesn't say is that we're also sure you'll make connections with a lot of like-minded people, get answers to your questions (we hope) and basically have a great time thinking up new and creative uses for data. Stay tuned.
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