OCLC completes major technical upgrade of WorldCat infrastructure

Move to HBase and Hadoop brings performance improvements and new technical opportunities


On June 6, OCLC completed the development work to convert the underlying structure for its WorldCat database to Apache HBase, a distributed platform in use by many global information providers, including Facebook, Adobe and Salesforce.com. This marks the conclusion of a significant technical update to the WorldCat database of more than 300 million library records and more than 2 billion library holdings that will offer new options for data analysis and faster service to libraries and their users.

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Online Trust Alliance announces top-ranked websites for security, privacy and consumer protection

Twitter and American Greetings garner top honors in 2013

The Online Trust Alliance, a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance online trust by collaboratively establishing best practices for privacy and security, has released the 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll report, revealing the top scoring websites recognized for excellence in privacy, security and consumer protection. Twitter had the top overall composite score and American Greetings achieved the number one ranking of all Internet retailers. Other key findings:

  • 32 percent of companies qualified for the 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll, with the overall top score being awarded to Twitter.
  • Though 26 percent of the Internet Retailer 500 made the Honor Roll, a slight improvement over 2012, 53 percent are still failing to achieve passing scores in one or more categories, unnecessarily exposing users to security, privacy and social engineering threats.
  • FDIC member banks demonstrated significant improvements over last year with 25 percent making the Honor Roll. Of those that did not qualify, 71 percent received failing grades in one or more categories, largely attributed to inadequate e-mail and domain protection or outdated privacy policies with inconsistencies observed between their written policy and actual data collection observed.
  • The banking sector led in the adoption of Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) certificates, at 60 percent, while overall worldwide growth of EV SSL certificates grew 28 percent over 2012.
  • Top U.S. Government (Federal 50) sites made improvements across all sectors, achieving 88 percent support of DNSSEC, yet significantly lagged in helping protect consumers from forged and deceptive e-mail and securing their sites from known vulnerabilities. Only 20 percent adopted both SPF and DKIM and one-third received failing grades for their SSL server security.

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University of Aruba Library selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services

University of Aruba is the first library in the Caribbean to implement OCLC WorldShare Management Services

UA Library’s decision to adopt WorldShare Management Services helped align the library’s strategic direction with that of the university’s efforts to strengthen and promote a supportive learning environment for students, as well as increase its regional and international cooperation.

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Fifteen library continuing education influencers, including representatives of state libraries, library associations, nonprofit providers of library continuing education and schools of library and information science, gathered to discuss the state of continuing education for library staff in the United States and to seek sustainable solutions for unmet needs within the library community. The goal of the meeting was to identify opportunities—through new partnerships, projects and action steps—to move libraries forward and grow library leadership.

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OCLC member libraries around the world:

Pathways Middle School
Meridian, Idaho, USA
OCLC symbol: IDPAR

Bibliothèque du Lycée-Collège des Creusets
Sion, Switzerland
OCLC symbol: CHICR

Musée des Sciences de la Terre, Fondation Tissières Martigny
Martigny, Switzerland
OCLC symbol: CHFTM

Max-Planck-Instituts für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe
Dresden, Germany
OCLC symbol: DECPH

Auckland Landcare Research Library
Auckland, New Zealand
OCLC symbol: NZALR

Hunter Elementary School
Meridian, Idaho, USA
OCLC symbol: IDHUN

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