OCLC is in discussions with the National Library of Sweden about the Library's recent post to its website. We believe that the National Library and the Libris union catalog it supports can be made visible in WorldCat in a way that meets the library's expectations and is consistent with the norms of the OCLC cooperative. We were disappointed that they chose to end the talks.
While we look for other ways to work with Swedish libraries in the future, it's important to correct the Library's characterization of OCLC's position regarding data contribution to the Europeana project. When we were asked by the National Library of Sweden about their participation in Europeana, we conveyed our interpretation of the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities (WCRR) guidelines that the 'public domain dedication license' required by all participants of Europeana would be inconsistent with the community norms identified in the guidelines.
We explained our reasons for this interpretation in an earlier post to the Open Knowledge Foundation blog. In our discussions with the National Library and Europeana we characterized these guidelines, which were written and ratified by the members of the OCLC cooperative, as a code of good practices. It is a discretionary guideline and ultimately the library's decision to release WorldCat derived records to another institution. In that same blog post we suggest a licensing approach that would be consistent with the WCRR. This approach was discussed with both Europeana and the National Library of Sweden as the basis for moving forward. OCLC has since used this licensing approach in our releases of data (FAST, OhioLINK). We are working to make this a standard recommendation to OCLC members in managing their own catalog data.
Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership