Welcome to OCLC ResearchWorks, OCLC's research laboratory. ResearchWorks demonstrates a few of our ideas for applying new technologies to organize information. In some cases, they serve as examples of things you can develop or incorporate into your own systems.

Just a note: these are demonstrations. If something is not working on this page when you visit, let us know and please come back and try it again later.



ResearchWorks Activities

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.

Library Finder

Library Finder uses the WorldCat Registry API to locate libraries near a given location and displays the contact information, website, and library type when available. It uses the HTML5 Geolocation API in supported browsers to determine where a user is, and Responsive Web Design to make the website fully mobile friendly.

mapFINDS Ohio

The mapFINDS Ohio iPhone app uses OCLC’s WorldCat Search web service to present digital reproductions of culturally significant photographs, documents, and recordings to you based on their location and search criteria. It also provides you the ability to “like” items of interest, enhancing your later searches and the searches of other users.

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.

NACO Normalization Service

OCLC Research's NACO Normalization Service enables systems to convert names and other text strings to a format more conducive to machine comparison and sorting.

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 Live!

The WorldCat Live! API provides an easy-to-consume real-time feed of newly added items to the WorldCat global catalog of library collections and published materials. The API allows you to select between RSS, Atom Pub, JSON, and lightweight XML formats and filter on author, title, type, and other attributes of the newly added records.

Recent ResearchWorks Activities

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.

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.

The activities listed on this page have prototypes or demonstrations you can explore and play with. These are explorations and works in progress. We invite you to play with these prototypes and send us your ideas.

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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