DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 26 June 2008—OCLC and Index Data, a software development and consulting enterprise that specializes in information retrieval and metasearch solutions, are working together to extend the discovery capabilities of WorldCat Local to include all licensed and full-text resources of a library.
WorldCat Local is the service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to use WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local provides a powerful discovery environment that presents localized results most relevant to the library user while at the same time allowing the user to search the entire WorldCat database of more than 100 million records.
OCLC continues to work with database producers to add article-level metadata to WorldCat.org to enrich the search experience and make collections from libraries more visible on the Web. Index Data will help OCLC incorporate metasearch into WorldCat Local for searching databases that are not indexed in WorldCat.org.
"The integration of metasearch and locally indexed results will help OCLC to provide a single search through WorldCat Local for licensed resources across the library," said Robin Murray, Vice President, OCLC Global Product Management. "We're confident that Index Data will help us achieve that integration."
"Index Data believes that the future of information discovery lies in a combination of many different technologies including broadcast searching and local indexes. Our expertise and modular technologies are a perfect fit for OCLC's demanding production environment," said Lynn Bailey, CEO of Index Data.
OCLC recently announced that article-level metadata from H.W. Wilson and MLA will be added to the more than 50 million articles indexed from NLM MEDLINE, the Department of Education's ERIC database, the British Library Inside serials, the GPO Monthly Catalog and the OCLC ArticleFirst® database to expand access and discovery of authoritative content through the WorldCat.org platform. The work with Index Data will help to ensure that libraries can provide access to their full collections.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.
About Index Data
Index Data is a software development and consulting enterprise with offices in Copenhagen, the UK and the United States. They are experts in networked information retrieval and management, and have a fourteen-year history of releasing their software as open source. Their mission is to use their skills and creativity to build bridges between people, technologies and organizations, and to empower information providers to deliver better, more integrated services. For more information, visit www.indexdata.com.