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The Curiouser project will produce a prototype system that provides a works-based view of Open WorldCat (OWC) content


The goal of this project is to enhance the utility of Open WorldCat by

  • Exploiting structured data of bibliographic, authority and holdings records
  • Exploring the potential usefulness of other available data, e.g. pathfinders and third-party web services

Project description

Curiouser is

  • an approach to making the best use of data available about items in WorldCat
  • a user interface for exploring and selecting works and items.

The project integrates previously developed and new techniques for display and navigation of records in a FRBR context.

Initial connections to Open WorldCat will be though bookmarklets, although as the prototype matures it may merit a link off one of the Find-it-in-a-library pages.

Initial work will concentrate on the most highly held works in WorldCat.

Why OCLC is conducting this research and how it helps libraries

The Curiouser project

  • makes Open WorldCat more attractive
  • leverages the value of the cooperative by exploiting WorldCat bibliographic & holdings data
  • enhances existing assets by exploiting the bibliographic data in member records in new ways
  • contributes to scholarship, especially regarding efforts to explore the influence of libraries in the open web environment
  • promotes collaboration / consensus by contributing toward an improved understanding of strengths and weaknesses of the Open WorldCat model.

In addition, the prototype system

  • employs the OCLC FRBR work-set algorithm and FictionFinder
  • is a unique contribution to the library community
  • contributes to the improved understanding of influence of libraries in the open Web environment.

Research Methodology

  • Requirements analysis
  • Prototyping
  • Usability testing
  • Analysis of public use


  • January 2005 to December 2005.

Team members