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30 millionth record added to WorldCat through WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway

A record for an article from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is the 30 millionth record to be harvested to the WorldCat database via the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway.

The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway provides institutions with OAI-compliant repositories, like IFPRI, with a free, Web-based tool that makes it possible to self-harvest the metadata of their unique digital content to WorldCat to gain broader visibility.

The WorldCat record links to the open-access article, “Diversification in Indian Agriculture toward High-Value Crops: The Role of Small Farmers,” written by two IFPRI researchers, P.K. Joshi and Devesh Roy, and partners Amit Thorat and Pratap Singh Birthal. It was published in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economic

Ryan Miller, IFPRI's Digital Services Librarian, states that, "Sharing IFPRI’s intellectual output through WorldCat is one of the ways that the work by IFPRI researchers is discoverable by worldwide academic audiences."

The IFPRI e-brary is an open access collection of publications, including journal articles, book chapters, monographs and more, by IFPRI authors. IFPRI uses OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software as the underlying technology for its knowledge repository.  Fully compliant with OAI-PMH version 2.0, CONTENTdm enables IFPRI to choose collections for harvesting on designated servers and to databases such as WorldCat.

In addition to using CONTENTdm to manage their IFPRI publications, the IFPRI uses CONTENTdm to manage the collection of publications of IFPRI authors in outside sources such as journal articles and books, IFPRI public datasets, and some project collections with specific needs. For the external source records, IFPRI keeps the main metadata fields and the digital object identifier (DOI) that allows researchers to go to the journal site containing the full text. These are commercially published and IFPRI lacks the rights to host the full text like they would for their own publications; however, researchers can use WorldCat to find libraries that hold the item or request additional services.

Miller says, “Our e-brary audience consists of other researchers, partners, media, the general public and policy makers. We use the repository to reach researchers because it allows for easy integration into WorldCat and allows for easy sharing of publications through the CONTENTdm API which our partners can use to embed our publications into their own websites.”

WorldCat is a database of bibliographic information built continuously by OCLC libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Millions of records link directly to digital information resources. Institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work.

Since 1971, nearly 300 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 6,000 years of recorded knowledge, from about 4800 B.C. to the present. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formats—books, e-books, serials, sound recordings, images, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials and computer files. Like the knowledge it describes, WorldCat grows steadily. Every second, library members add seven records to WorldCat.

Once records have been added to WorldCat, they are discoverable on the Web through popular search and partner sites, and through