A self-service tool
The Gateway provides a self-service tool with a Web-based interface that allows you to choose when to upload your metadata and how your records will appear. A preview of your metadata in a WorldCat.org display enables you to select the right content and appearance for your library's digital collections.
Through the Gateway, as your library, archives, museum or and other cultural heritage organization continues to upload metadata, you are developing WorldCat into a premier resource for the integrated discovery of open access, digital primary source materials. OCLC’s goal is to provide the infrastructure, services and support to help maximize the visibility and integrated discovery of digital content worldwide.
Regular uploading and WorldCat synchronization
Using the Gateway, you can create profiles for your digital content metadata to be regularly harvested, uploaded and converted to WorldCat format. After uploading, WorldCat assigns and returns an OCLC number, which can be embedded in the metadata to support future synchronizations. This unique identifier becomes a cross-reference for digital items in WorldCat and can be used for search and reference purposes.
After you have enabled the Gateway/WorldCat synchronization, end users can search, discover and retrieve digital items through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local, WorldCat Local "quick start" and on the Web, and click through to local servers to access the digital content. Your records retain their local identity while maximizing the global visibility of your digital content.
How it works
With the Gateway, you can select from a number of options to create a profile for each of your digital collections. Using the Metadata Map, you can preview each item's metadata—or just a sampling of the entire collection—and then adjust the location of each of the metadata elements from your source metadata in the WorldCat.org display.
With the Sync Schedule, you can add updates to WorldCat based on your local workflow for building and maintaining each of your digital collections. Additionally, you can choose how often you want to synchronize your metadata—monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually.