DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 11 August 2010—Repository managers from libraries, museums, archives and other cultural heritage and research institutions can now contribute metadata records for digital materials to WorldCat using the new, enhanced WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway, increasing visibility and accessibility of special collections, institutional repositories, and other unique digital content to Web searchers worldwide.
In July 2009, OCLC introduced the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway to users of OCLC CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software. Based on the OAI protocol, the Gateway enabled CONTENTdm users to upload the metadata of their digital collections to WorldCat. Recent enhancements to the Gateway now make it possible for any OAI-compliant repository to contribute metadata to WorldCat to gain broader visibility for their digital content.
The enhanced WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is freely available to institutions interested in increasing the visibility of their digital content through WorldCat, the comprehensive source for discovery of materials held by libraries, museums, archives and other cultural heritage and research institutions. Visibility is increased through WorldCat.org, the Web destination for discovery of collections, and also through partnerships with Google, Yahoo! and an active and growing library developer network.
"OCLC and our member libraries are striving to develop WorldCat.org into a premier public resource for the integrated discovery of open access digital primary source and cultural heritage materials," said Claire Cocco, Director, OCLC Digital Collection Services. "The goal is to provide the necessary infrastructure, services and support to help maximize the visibility and integrated discovery of open repositories for all libraries, museums and archives."
Designed for self-service use, the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway is a Web-based tool that enables repository managers to customize how their metadata displays in WorldCat.org and determine their metadata harvesting schedule—monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Additionally, it applies their institution's "holdings symbol" to their records, thereby highlighting the unique information resources their institution is contributing to WorldCat.
"The Digital Collection Gateway has been very well constructed by the folks at OCLC," said Mark Phillips, Assistant Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas. "Exposing digital collections through WorldCat is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be done to have this content understood and treated as first order content in libraries."
There are more than 25 million metadata records for digital items currently accessible through WorldCat.org, most of which were contributed as part of OAIster, a union catalog of records representing open archive resources from around the world. The number of digital records in WorldCat and their use continues to grow. Since 2006, there have been more than 600 million visits to WorldCat.org and more than 36 million click-throughs to libraries. With WorldCat.org, users are only three clicks away from an institution’s digital content.
"We are a museum and this helps us cross paths with library users," said Tamara Georgick, Director of Information Technology at the Washington Historical Society. "It is a much wider audience than we could reach on our own."
To date, more than a half million metadata records have been entered into WorldCat through the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. A record for a thesis titled, "資料挖掘之導入與影響－以銀行業為例 (The Implementation and Impact of Data Mining)," from the National Chengchi University's library marks the 500,000th record entered into WorldCat using the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. National Chengchi University is a public university located in Taipei City, Taiwan and is renowned for its teaching and research in the social sciences, business, communication, liberal arts and for its MBA programs. The milestone record is from the National Chengchi University Theses and Dissertations Full-Text Imaging System. The University's library staff is harvesting the metadata from its theses and dissertations collections and its institutional repository into WorldCat to help increase the visibility of their collections worldwide.
For more information, visit WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.