The OCLC WorldShare Platform is a global, interconnected Web architecture that supports OCLC's Webscale services and applications, and provides flexible, open access to library data through APIs and other Web services. Libraries, developers and partners can use this data to innovate together to build and share apps that streamline and enhance their local library workflows. The OCLC WorldShare Platform facilitates collaboration and app-sharing across the library community, so that libraries can combine OCLC-built applications, library-built applications and partner-built applications. This enables the benefits of each single solution to be shared broadly throughout the library community. Unlike traditional APIs and Web Services, the OCLC WorldShare Platform allows community members to browse and install apps directly into subscribed OCLC services and allows developers to create and share apps that don't require OCLC services at all.
The platform makes OCLC Web services more widely available, and has several key goals, all of which build on the robust environment already offered by the Developer Network:
From a technology standpoint, the WorldShare Platform has three key components:
Developers at libraries with active subscriptions to one or more OCLC products can access any of the Web Services available through the WorldShare Platform in a test environment. To move an app into production, a library must secure a use license for the service—typically a subscription to the relevant product.
The OCLC Developer Network supports the use of OCLC Web Services—a set of tools and APIs that expose data and services for WorldCat and our member libraries and partner institutions or companies. learn more »
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