Kindred Works

ResearchWorks


 

OCLC Research has developed an experimental service that provides a list of items similar to an item of interest. The prototype service uses various characteristics of a sample work, such as classification numbers, subject headings, and genre terms, to retrieve related resources from WorldCat. This approach is called content-based recommendation.

The recommendations are accessible through a user interface and through an application programming interface (API). The user interface, Kindred Works, provides basic search functionality; users can search by author, title, ISBN, or OCLC number. The recommendations may include books, ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video materials.

The recommendations can be customized to the collection of an individual library by adding the library’s OCLC holding symbol to the query. This feature is limited to libraries that participate in WorldCat.org. The API is intended to be used by software developers to integrate recommendations into another service or application, for example, a library catalog or other discovery interface.

Impact

This project leverages WorldCat content in a demonstration interface and an experimental API.

Interfaces

The user interface is available at http://experimental.worldcat.org/kindredworks/.

The API is available at http://experimental.worldcat.org/recommender/.

 

NextSpace Article

How Kindred Works … works

Examples

 

Additional Resources

link to Blade Runner  link to The Big Short  link to Simple Soups link to The Book Thief

 

Most recent updates: Page content: 2012-10-29; Prototype: 2013-11

This activity is part of ResearchWorks. Use of our prototypes is subject to OCLC's terms and conditions. By continuing past this point, you agree to abide by these terms.

Try the online demo

The application programming interface (API) is available here.



This activity is a part of the Metadata Management theme.

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