Very exciting news from OCLC. The 10 millionth record was added to WorldCat, and it’s a PDF open access book from an online repository!
More from the press release: A record for a book accessible online, titled Task-oriented and Purposeful Robot-Assisted Therapy, marked the 10 millionth record added to WorldCat via the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. The record was harvested into WorldCat by staff at InTech, an open access publisher located in Rijeka, Croatia.
The WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway provides those with an OAI-compliant repository, like InTechOpen, with a Web-based, self-service tool that makes it possible to self-harvest the metadata of their unique digital content to WorldCat to gain broader visibility.
The WorldCat record links to a PDF copy of a book available from InTech’s online repository. The book was written in 2007 by a group of eight researchers: Michelle J. Johnson; Kimberly J. Wisneski; John Anderson; Dominic Nathan; Elaine Strachota; Judith Kosasih; Jayne Johnston; and Roger O. Smith. The brief record can be viewed at: www.worldcat.org/oclc/715271162 and links to: www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/task-oriented_and_purposeful_robot-assisted_therapy
Matko Hrvatin, InTech’s Library and Information Service Coordinator, said InTech chose to start harvesting their records to WorldCat using the Gateway because “WorldCat is the world’s largest library community. With its search engine for online catalogs of publications from all over the world, WorldCat is delivering local and global resources to users in a single search. Also, WorldCat is providing valuable and quality cataloging services based on OAI metadata harvesting protocol with a unique user interface for metadata modifications.”
“When talking to our authors, we are often asked if our publications are available on WorldCat, which proves how much partnering with OCLC’s WorldCat is allowing us to offer our authors and visitors a service with an added value,” Hrvatin said.
InTech’s online repository, InTechOpen, is an Open Access repository of InTech’s books and journal articles covering the fields of science, technology and medicine. All articles are immediately accessible for download and instantly readable through their online reading platform. At present, the articles are in PDF only, but InTech is currently working on the enhancement of their publishing workflow, and their content will soon be available in a variety of digital formats.
InTechOpen also supports the OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol (OAI-PMH Version 2.0) as a data provider, which enables libraries to harvest metadata from InTech’s online repository and easily add their publications to the library’s central database.
WorldCat is a database of bibliographic information built continuously by OCLC libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Millions of records link directly to digital information resources. Institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work.
Since 1971, more than 230 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 6,000 years of recorded knowledge, from about 4800 B.C. to the present. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formats—books, e-books, serials, sound recordings, images, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials and computer files. Like the knowledge it describes, WorldCat grows steadily. Every second, library members add seven records to WorldCat.
Once records have been added to WorldCat, they are discoverable on the Web through popular search and partner sites, and through WorldCat.org.