OCLC has launched the new WorldCat Metadata API that will enable member libraries and partners to build and share applications on the OCLC WorldShare Platform for libraries to catalogue their collections in WorldCat.
The WorldCat Metadata API supports a variety of cataloguing functionality for libraries to catalogue their collections in WorldCat. Libraries will be able to create applications with the new API to add new and enrich existing WorldCat bibliographic records, and maintain WorldCat institution holdings and local bibliographic data.
Libraries can continue to catalogue their collections in WorldCat using OCLC-built applications such as Connexion and the upcoming WorldShare Metadata Record Manager, or they can create new applications using the WorldCat Metadata API to manage their cataloguing workflows.
The WorldCat Metadata API is the latest in a series of APIs released by OCLC on the OCLC WorldShare Platform, a global, interconnected Web architecture that supports OCLC's cloud-based services and applications, and provides flexible access to library data through APIs and other Web services. Librarians and developers can use these tools to innovate together to build and share solutions for libraries that streamline and enhance library workflows.
The WorldCat Metadata API complements the WorldCat Search API. These Web services provide read and write access to libraries' bibliographic and holdings data. A number of library- and partner-built applications already use the WorldCat Search API and it has been well-received by the OCLC membership.
Visit the OCLC Developer Network to learn how libraries can get started using the new WorldCat Metadata API.