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OCLC opens OpenWorldCat the World

Now that this is public, I can’t ignore this major announcement.
Paula Hane at Information Today provides a good overview of OCLC’s announcement of the site.
Watch the site closely.
Combined with the loading of much of the 70,000,000 WorldCat records into Google, Yahoo!, Ask and Amazon it appears that there will be many opportunities to build mashups with the OCLC data in the future.
And of course, OCLC now owns the RLG RedLightGreen initiative and the ‘Get It at your library’ feature.
Another initiative in this area, where generic web searches retrieve or point to real local library resources, are Thomson Gale’s initiative described here.
It’s intriguing that Google BookSearch continues to underperform in hte area of library searches preferring more revenue oriented links.
Worth watching…

Posted on: July 30, 2006, 12:48 am Category: Uncategorized