David Walker Wins Third OCLC Research Software Contest

Mr. Walker's winning submission is Bridge, a set of services to provide a configurable and customizable full record display made up of WorldCat services. These services provide the ability for an individual library to customize the full record display of WorldCat records to their particular situation.

The contest judges were impressed with how Mr. Walker was able to provide a set of very useful methods to enhance WorldCat services from the perspective of individual libraries. The software architecture, code, and documentation also were impressive. As the contest winner, Mr. Walker will receive a check for $2,500 and a visit with OCLC researchers and others in Dublin, Ohio (USA).

David Walker is Library Web Services Manager at California State University. More information about Bridge is linked below.

The Third OCLC Research Software Contest ran from mid-April through the end of June.  Its goal was to encourage innovation in the use of OCLC web-based services for libraries. Entries were judged by a panel of expert practitioners and academicians from OCLC and the library/information community:

  • Kevin Clarke
    Coordinator of Web Services
    Belk Library and Information Commons
    Appalachian State University
  • Thom Hickey
    Chief Scientist, OCLC
  • Tod Matola
    Software Architect
  • Ross Singer
    Interoperability and Open Standards Champion
    …and winner of the Second OCLC Research Software Contest
  • Roy Tennant
    Senior Program Officer
    OCLC Research

For more information:

Roy Tennant
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Robert Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research