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New WorldCat Basic API Released

Press Release: OCLC [November 15, 2009]

Copyright (c) 2009 OCLC

Abstract: The new WorldCat Basic API provides an easy method to search WorldCat for items in libraries such as books, videos, music and more, and receive results back in XML. The OpenSearch protocol is supported, and results are returned in Atom and RSS. Information included in results are authors, titles, ISBNs and OCLC numbers. Records will be returned in standard bibliographic citation formats such as APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. The API will also provide links back to WorldCat.org for geographically-sorted library information.


The new WorldCat Basic API worldcat.org/devnet/wiki/BasicAPIDetails provides an easy method to search WorldCat for items in libraries such as books, videos, music and more, and receive results back in XML. The OpenSearch protocol is supported, and results are returned in Atom and RSS. Information included in results are authors, titles, ISBNs and OCLC numbers. Records will be returned in standard bibliographic citation formats such as APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. The API will also provide links back to WorldCat.org for geographically-sorted library information.

Anyone can gain access to the WorldCat Basic API for non-commercial purposes from the WorldCat Affiliates site www.worldcat.org/wcpa/content/affiliate/, by signing up for a unique key to use the service. Commercial uses of the WorldCat Basic API are encouraged, but interested parties are required to contact the WorldCat Partnership team to arrange access.

OCLC Web Services offers ways to connect people to knowledge through libraries, and for libraries to reap the benefits of library cooperation.

There are many other Web Services www.oclc.org/services/web available from OCLC, including the more full-featured WorldCat Search API, and also ready-made WorldCat widgets www.worldcat.org/wcpa/content/affiliate available for download.

Feedback about any of the OCLC Web Services is welcome on the OCLC Developer Network blog and mailing list, available from the OCLC Developer Network site .

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Publication Year:2009
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 15, 2009
Publisher:OCLC
Company: OCLC
Record Number:14423
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2009-12-17 09:52:15