Past Activities

OCLC Research is a busy place and from time to time we retire our projects and activities. This page lists activities that are no longer so active, just in case you want to dig into the past a little bit.

Past activities

2PageOAI

Python scripts that demonstrate how short compliant Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting can be. Includes a harvester, a repository, and a readme file.

Analyze Archival Descriptive Practice

Data mining of the one million MARC records for archival materials in WorldCat will provide a systemwide overview of descriptive practice and enable recommendations for more effective description and discovery.

Analyze Evidence of Archival Discovery

Collect query logs, Web logs, and various web analytics; evaluate their usefulness for research about how researchers use archival cross-searching networks and other tools that archives use to publish their finding aids.

Article Exchange

A document-sharing site that provides a single, secure location where lending libraries can place requested PDF and TIFF articles and library users can retrieve articles or book chapters obtained for them via interlibrary loan. Article Exchange adds convenience, security and enhanced copyright compliance to online article sharing through interlibrary loan.

Audience Level

This research project explored using library holdings data in WorldCat to calculate audience-level indicators for books represented in the WorldCat database, based on the types of libraries that hold the titles.

Barriers to Using EAD

Identification of barriers to implementing Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and practical suggestions for getting around those obstacles.

Bookmarklets

Got a book title from an online bookseller?  Check whether your local library has it.

Books as Expressions of Global Cultural Diversity

This data mining project sought patterns in the worldwide book publishing industry, as reflective of different cultures’ literary heritage. It stemmed from UNESCO interest in statistical traces of cultural diversity.

Deaccession Materials Held in Print and Electronic Form

This work sought to establish best practice for the disposition of print journals available in electronic form – i.e. when it is most appropriate to retain print back files on campus, when to store offsite, and when to deaccession entirely.

DeweyBrowser

The DeweyBrowser was a prototype system for searching and browsing millions of WorldCat® records classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC®) system.

Identify Requirements for a Cooperative "Identities Hub"

Develop use case scenarios for academic libraries and scholars, archivists and archival users, and institutional repositories describing their needs to uniquely identify and distinguish persons and organizations, then define the characteristics, functions, and data attributes of a cooperative "Identities Hub."

Introduce Balance in Rights Management

This project attempts to mitigate the risk aversion that is related to rights management and special collections, often interfering with our mission of providing access to those collections.

Missing Materials Beta Procedure

In order to centralize information about stolen and missing rare books and special collections, this working group developed a procedure to “tag” records in WorldCat.org. The tagged records are then automatically fed to a blog, missingmaterials.org. Simultaneously, holdings are set in WorldCat, in order to alert prospective buyers and sellers.

Museum Data Exchange

This project created tools supporting standards-based data sharing in the museum community, and provided insights into the characteristics of large aggregations of museum descriptions.

OAIHarvester

OAIHarvester was an early attempt to write an OAI-PMH client application. It was replaced by the OAIHarvester2 project.

OAIHarvester2

The OAIHarvester2 Open Source Software (OSS) project is a Java application that provides an OAI-PMH harvester framework.

OpenURL

OOMRef-J is a Java implementation of ANSI/NISO Z39.88 – The OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services.

OpenURL Registry

The ANSI/NISO Z39.88-2004 (OpenURL) Registry identifies and defines the set of approved components for use in the OpenURL Framework.

Publisher Name Server

An experimental service to provide authority control for publisher names in bibliographic catalogs.

Research Information Management Roadmap

This project involves issuing a provocative call to action, urging academic libraries to take a more significant role in their institution's mission to support research.

Tag Cloud Builder

Create, print and save custom Tag Clouds for Web pages or other textual data.

The NDLTD Union Catalog

The NDLTD Union Catalog project focused on thesis metadata via the Open Archives Initiative's Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). This was a lightweight protocol for moving or sharing metadata that allowed synchronization of loosely coupled databases and mandates XML Dublin Core as the default metadata format.

Web Site for Small Libraries (WSSL)

A cloud-based Library System for small libraries that includes Circulation, Cataloging, Online Patron Access Catalog (OPAC), and the Library Web Site.

WorldCat Publisher Pages

This activity produced a data visualization prototype that presented a graphical and interactive interface to three OCLC Research projects: OCLC WorldMap, OCLC Audience Level, and the Publisher Name Authority File.

WorldMap

View data relating to libraries and collections in a map-based visual interface.

From Previous OCLC Research Projects

From the RLG Programs Work Agenda

Earlier RLG Programs work

Some of the activities listed here have prototypes or demonstrations you can explore and play with. You can find a list of just those hands-on activities in ResearchWorks.

A few of these activities have generated software that you can download and build upon. Go to our software page for a list of only those activities.

The OCLC Research Library Partnership has sponsored the activities with this mark.

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