Today’s information consumers need easy, intuitive access to a comprehensive collection of the wealth of resources libraries make available. WorldCat provides a hub for that data, as well as services and applications to find anything held in library collections, efficiently and quickly from anywhere.
A foundation of shared data
WorldCat represents a “collective collection” of the world’s libraries, built through the contributions of librarians, expanded and enhanced through individual, regional and national programs. WorldCat represents the electronic and digital materials most in demand by information seekers, as well as the important, unique items found only in local libraries.
WorldCat connects library users to hundreds of millions of electronic resources, including e-books, licensed databases, online periodicals and collections of digital items. The WorldCat knowledge base combines data about your library’s electronic resources and linking features that enable access to the content and help you manage the workflows associated with these materials.
As the needs of libraries and their users expand, OCLC is working with libraries to collect, manage and share new types of library data.
- More data about the library’s “collective collection”: e-books and licensed materials, special collections, open access materials
- More institutional data: vendor records, patron data and library information, such as open hours and lending policies
- Transactional and workflow data: acquisitions and circulations data, resolver transactions, knowledge base transactions, search and interlibrary lending
Discovery and delivery at Webscale
OCLC’s discovery services allow libraries to expand their visibility and reach on the Web by connecting information seekers directly to the relevant information in their collections. WorldCat.org makes the items in libraries’ collections visible and available on the open Web. WorldCat Local customizes and enhances this service for a specific institution or consortium.
Partnerships with major search engines and hundreds of other content suppliers and aggregators provide discovery and delivery of library materials in the broadest Web environment. Library materials are integrated into the workflows of scholars, researchers and information seekers.
Latest initiatives: Linked data
Linked data refers to a set of best practices for publishing and connecting structured data on the Web. Built on general Web technologies, linked data uses URIs (generic Web-addressable identifiers to identify entities or concepts in the world) and RDF (a generic method of describing links between structured data in a graph-based data model).
The opportunities that linked data provides to the global library community are important and are in line with OCLC’s core strategy of “collaboratively building Webscale with libraries.” Linked data is one of the ways OCLC can help libraries increase their presence and discoverability on the Web.
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