DUBLIN, Ohio, July 17, 2001--OCLC has selected OracleŽ database technology as the new platform for WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and its online services in cataloging, resource sharing and reference as part of its global strategy to transform WorldCat into a globally networked, web-based information resource of text, graphics, sound and motion.
In operation since 1971, WorldCat is the world’s largest bibliographic database, containing more than 47 million records and 800 million location listings. More than 39,000 libraries in 76 countries use WorldCat to support their cataloging, interlibrary loan and reference activities. Libraries around the globe contribute to WorldCat, with a new record entering the database every 15 seconds.
"The selection of Oracle to power OCLC’s WorldCat database solidifies Oracle’s leadership in managing the world’s largest repositories of information," said George Roberts, executive vice president, U.S. Sales for Oracle. "We are pleased to be working with OCLC in this endeavor."
"Oracle’s relational database management system will enable us to provide access to not only bibliographic information, but abstracts, full text, images and sound files customized to the needs of libraries and users around the world," said Donald J. Muccino, OCLC executive vice president and chief operating officer.
OCLC will implement the new technological platform in phases, starting in late 2001. The Oracle platform will replace proprietary systems that OCLC has developed and updated over the past 30 years.
"The new database system will enable us to support UNICODE as well as the IFLA [International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions] Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records standards," said Mr. Muccino. "We will also be able to consolidate systems used to support our online cataloging, interlibrary loan and reference services. This holds the promise of reducing operating costs and development time as we move forward with new services based on open systems architecture and international standards."
Mr. Muccino noted that when OCLC implements UNICODE in the Oracle environment, OCLC will be able to store records from all of the world’s written languages in the vernacular.
"This will move us closer to building a truly international resource-sharing network of libraries, facilitating the international exchange of information," he said. "The end result will be a distributed technological infrastructure and expanded set of services that will help libraries better serve their users."
The new platform is part of OCLC’s new global strategy to extend its cooperative services to more libraries around the world.
Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) is the world’s leading supplier of software for information management, and the world’s second largest independent software company. Oracle offers its database, tools and application products, along with related consulting, education and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 39,000 libraries in 76 countries and territories. OCLC was founded in 1967 to improve access to the world’s information and reduce information costs, and conducts ongoing research to develop technologies to support that mission. Forest Press, a division of OCLC since 1988, publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system.