OCLC and the Social Web: Building tools, providing platforms, engaging the community

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  • 1. OCLC and the Social Web: Building tools, providing platforms, engaging the community International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications Eric Childress Consulting Project Manager OCLC Office of Research [email_address] Andy Havens Manager of Branding and Creative Services, OCLC [email_address]
  • 2. OCLC: Member owned and governed since 1967.
    • Mission: Connecting people to knowledge through library cooperation.
    • Vision: The world’s libraries. Connected.
  • 3. Introduction to OCLC
    • World’s largest library cooperative. Established in 1967 in Ohio, USA. Non-profit charter to reduce rate of rise of library costs and increase access to the world’s information.
    • WorldCat union catalog: Cooperative database of 145 million+ records, representing materials in 71,000 libraries in 112 countries.
    • WorldCat.org: Free-to-the-public search site for materials in WorldCat libraries.
    • WorldCat Resource Sharing: World’s largest inter-library loan network, reaching 10,000 libraries with a transaction every 4 seconds.
    • WebJunction.org: Peer-to-peer training and support network for libraries.
    • OCLC Research: Leading applied research center for libraries, archives, museums. Hosted original Dublin Core meeting in 1995.
  • 4. Building tools: WorldCat.org
  • 5. Building tools: WorldCat.org social features RSS Feeds Lists List watching Reviews and ratings User tags Portable search box
  • 6. Providing platforms: Facebook App and CiteMe tool Learn more at: http://apps.facebook.com/worldcat/ Learn more at: http://apps.facebook.com/citemeapp/ Learn about the Developers’ Network at: http://www.worldcat.org/devnet/wiki/Main_Page
  • 7. Engaging the community: OCLC and the wider, social Web
    • 13 official blogs and counting; 12 in English, 1 in English, Spanish & Portuguese. Subscribe to any/all at: www.oclc.org/rss/
    • 10+ product-related discussion lists plus hosted lists: https://www3.oclc.org/app/listserv/
    • Twitter: @oclc, @oclcdevnet + dozens of personal OCLC employee accounts (e.g., @lorcanD)
    • Facebook: WorldCat.org applications, OCLC, WorldCat, WebJunction, other fan pages
    • WebJunction forums, OCLC Developer’s Network
    • Content on oclc.org (articles, reports, Webinars, news, some datasets) available as HTML, RSS, etc.
    • Growing the size and scope of OCLC-provided linked data (e.g., VIAF – a multi-national authority file). See: http://outgoing.typepad.com/outgoing/2009/09/viaf-as-linked-data.html
    OCLC blogs… your glimpse into our minds
  • 8. Engaging the community: OCLC reports and more NextSpace: Libraries and social networking http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/007/1.htm “ Some thoughts about egos, objects, and social networks” http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001601.html Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World http://www.oclc.org/reports/sharing/default.htm
  • 9. Thank you!
    • If you have a moment, we invite you to take a look at these OCLC blogs… And we welcome your comments!
    • Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog: orweblog.oclc.org
    • WorldCat Blog: worldcat.org/blogs
    • It’s all good: scanblog.blogspot.com
    • Hanging Together: hangingtogether.org
    • Outgoing: outgoing.typepad.com/outgoing
    • Designing the Future: community.oclc.org/engineering
    • Metalogue: community.oclc.org/metalogue
    • Hectic Pace: community.oclc.org/hecticpace
    • Weibel Lines: weibel-lines.typepad.com
    • The Dewey blog: ddc.typepad.com
    • BlogJunction: blog.webjunctionworks.org
    Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/