Planned enhancements and known issues

Future functionality for WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery has additional features planned, as suggested by the WorldCat Local community and the more than 650 beta participants who helped shape the service. We look for member feedback and will announce new functionality as it is available.

Recently added

Feature Date Added  
WorldCat Discovery API *
Added in late September 2014
Chat widget for virtual reference Added in late September 2014
Local bibliographic data display Added in early September 2014
Article-level holdings derived from the WorldCat knowledge base * Added in early September 2014
Item location and availability on brief results for WorldShare Management Services libraries * Added in early September 2014
Ability to search and display local holdings records (for libraries with the availability service) Added in August 2014
Remote database search option   Added in August 2014
Customizable patron request form Added in August 2014
WorldShare ILL integration for placing requests Added in August 2014
Email export to RefWorks and EndNote Added in June 2014
Options for Item location and availability, group views and custom reporting with Adobe Analytics   Added in June 2014
Staff-specific features, to include MARC views and holdings by symbol * Added in June 2014
Thai interface language * Added in May 2014
E-books added to full text facet * Added in May 2014
Downloadable search box Added in April 2014
Permalinks Added in April 2014
Type-ahead search suggestions * Added in April 2014
Temporary session-based lists of records * Added in March 2014

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in OCLC FirstSearch®.

User experience

Feature Target Availability Date
Course reserves option To be determined
Editions display on brief results enhancements To be determined
Additional relevance sorting options * To be determined
Known title search and sort enhancements To be determined
"Did You Mean?" enhancements To be determined
Show citation "impact factor" To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Content

Feature Target Availability Date
E-book availability and checkout * To be determined
Additional content for the central index Monthly

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Interface

Feature Target Availability Date
Citations in MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago and Harvard formats To be determined
Initial knowledge card display * To be determined
Call number index browse * To be determined
Ability to share on social media To be determined
Permanent user lists To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Integration

Feature Target Availability Date
Linked data exposure * By December 2014
Google Preview integration * To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Administration and localization

Feature Target Availability Date
Support for Google Analytics * By November 2014
Ability to customize facets * To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.


Migration timeline

Please note: If you belong to a group that shares an OCLC FirstSearch subscription, you will receive information about training and support plans for members of your group.

transition-timeline

Migration information

Find more information on the WorldCat Discovery product page for migration.

 

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