18 October 2017

OCLC and Internet Archive Collaborating



OCLC and Internet Archive Collaborating

There is some great news from OCLC and Internet Archive. 

Before the news, just a reminder that these are two wonderful resources as they stand.  The news will just strengthen both.  Some quick context -- I equate OCLC with WorldCat.org (a massive world-wide library catalog) and Internet Archive with both itself as an enormous archive of digitized materials and with Wayback Machine as a great resource for when websites have the nerve to disappear.

Here is the news …

OCLC and Internet Archive are working together to make the Archive's collection of 2.5 million digitized books easier to find and access online and through local libraries.

OCLC will process metadata from the Internet Archive for its digital collection, matching to existing records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, or adding a new record if one does not exist. The WorldCat record will include a link leading back to the Archive.org record. From there, searchers can examine or potentially borrow the related digital item.

Internet Archive will also add a link from its records to WorldCat.org, the online resource that makes it possible for searchers to quickly and easily find and access resources in libraries nearby--and worldwide…

Read the full announcement here.

This collaboration will make the materials held by each just that much easier to find across both platforms.  A definite plus for researchers.





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