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Put the WorldCat knowledge base to work for your library

Use of the WorldCat knowledge base is included in a full OCLC cataloguing subscription.

To use the WorldCat knowledge base, complete a knowledge base request form, add data about your electronic collections to the knowledge base and activate the functionality.

Register for live training on building your WorldCat knowledge base. Visit OCLC's Training Portal.

Add local data to the knowledge base

Methods for adding your library's local data to the WorldCat knowledge base are:

  • Automated data loading and maintenance through Pubget.
  • Add and maintain your holdings via the knowledge base profiling interface.
  • Use a data loading process to load content from an existing knowledge base. The data load process gives your library the ability to use your current knowledge base along with the WorldCat knowledge base.

Learn more about options for adding local data to the knowledge base.

Automated data loading and maintenance through Pubget

OCLC recommends using the automated processes of its partner Pubget to add and maintain your holdings in the WorldCat knowledge base. Through this process, library staff members provide logon and password information for the e-resources to which their library subscribes. Pubget then retrieves up-to-date holdings information directly from content provider sites and provides this to OCLC for addition to the WorldCat knowledge base. Following the initial load, holdings updates occur automatically.

The Pubget process saves time for library staff because it eliminates the need to manually transfer holdings information from a local system on an ongoing basis. In addition, because Pubget interacts directly with content providers, many libraries have found that this process gives them more comprehensive access to the content they license than other update methods.

Holdings information in the WorldCat knowledge base is synchronized with records in the WorldCat database daily, to insure that WorldCat contains up-to-date information about the electronic resources available from your library.

Learn more about setting up automatic updates of your library's holdings through Pubget.