DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 14 October 2009. OCLC now offers Metadata Services for Publishers, a new service that takes publishers' ONIX title metadata, enriches it using WorldCat mining and mapping techniques, and delivers the enhanced ONIX metadata back to the publishers for use in their systems. The publishers' enhanced metadata is then made available early in the data creation process to libraries for use in selection, acquisition and technical services workflows. Information seekers also benefit from Web discovery of this metadata via WorldCat.org, the Web destination for discovery of library resources.
OCLC's Metadata Services for Publishers is the result of a pilot project that explored the viability and efficiency of capturing metadata from publishers and vendors upstream and enhancing that metadata in WorldCat.
"OCLC Metadata Services for Publishers provides added value to libraries and publishers by enhancing and delivering data that can work in multiple contexts and systems," said Renee Register, Global Product Manager, OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Services. "It is crucial to the future of cataloging to find collaborative ways to take advantage of publisher ONIX metadata, and this new service allows us to store, enhance and normalize the metadata for the benefit of both library and publishing communities."
OCLC enrichment of title metadata saves publishers time and resources by streamlining internal workflows, and reducing in-house intellectual work and manipulation of title metadata. OCLC also provides validation, authentication and standardization of publisher data for use by various partners (vendors, aggregators, booksellers) to increase the marketability of publisher ONIX title metadata throughout the publisher supply chain.
The metadata services pilot followed release of the 2007 "Report on the Future of Bibliographic Control" by the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, formed by the Library of Congress to address changes in how libraries must do their work in the digital information era. The ability to leverage upstream publisher data effectively was central to the Working Group's recommendations.
"Efficiently and effectively re-using metadata from publishers supports the continued relevance and success of bibliographic control going forward," said Karen Calhoun, Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services.
OCLC Contract Cataloging for Publishers is another service that creates MARC records using publishers' electronic title data as a starting point. OCLC offers cataloging solutions for publishers and vendors that need to provide MARC records to libraries. More information about OCLC services for publishers can be found on the Web site.
Visit the OCLC booth 4.2 L433 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 14-18, to learn more about OCLC’s Metadata Services and Contract Cataloging for publishers.
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 71,000 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. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.