BIRMINGHAM, Ala., U.S.A, June 28, 2006 – EBSCO and OCLC have successfully deployed a Web service to facilitate automated delivery of e-holdings data in ONIX Serials Online Holdings (SOH) format.
In June 2005, EBSCO joined with OCLC in a pilot project to make e-serials as visible as print materials in WorldCat, the world's largest database of items held in libraries. This latest achievement will benefit the organizations' mutual users by allowing OCLC to harvest e-serials holdings data from EBSCO's A-to-Z® service for automated loading into WorldCat, exposing those records to searchers on the open Web.
"The significance of this project was the ease with which we were able to automate the transfer of the ONIX SOH format," said Oliver Pesch, EBSCO's Chief Strategist of E-Resources. "Using a Web Service as the means to transfer holdings has great promise not only for updating WorldCat, but also for keeping the knowledge bases behind ERM systems and link resolvers up-to-date without the need for human intervention."
"This Web service represents an important step in bringing the OCLC eSerials holdings pilot to production in July 2006," said Chip Nilges, vice president, OCLC New Product Planning. "We're pleased to be working with EBSCO and all of our pilot partners to offer this service to libraries at no additional charge."
Libraries can access the eSerials Holdings Web site at www.oclc.org/eserialsholdings to pre-register for the service. Orders can be made from the site beginning July 9.
Live eSerials Holdings webinars will be conducted June 29 and July 12. To register, visit www.oclc.org/eserialsholdings.
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