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Worldcat.org has gone live

OpenWorldCat from OCLC enters it’s next phase. Worldcat.org beta is live. 1.3 billion items in approximately 18,000 libraries worldwide and a downloadable searchbox for your webpage.
Read more here on Lorcan Dempsey’s blog.
It’s useful to compare this to RedLightGreen and Gale’s Access My Library.
Library collection discovery searches are emerging. What will happen with things like collaborative collection devleopment, ILL, resource sharing, etc. With OpenWorldCat loaded into Google, MSN, Yahoo!, Ask, Amazon, Google Scholar, MS Live Academic, … there’s some interesting opportunities here.
Let the mashups begin. Are we ready?
Stephen

Posted on: August 7, 2006, 8:06 am Category: Uncategorized