Working with the WorldCat API

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David Walker, from California State University, will show a prototype that uses the new OCLC Grid Services WorldCat API. The presentation will detail the newly released WorldCat API, examining its strengths and weaknesses. The prototype will include some examples of how libraries might integrate the API with their local systems in order to build a custom WorldCat interface designed specifically for their users.

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Working with the WorldCat API

  1. 1. David Walker
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overview of the WorldCat API </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you use it? </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Web service </li></ul><ul><li>SRU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MARC-XML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dublin Core </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OpenSearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library holdings look-up </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Fully featured </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All sort options (ASC, DESC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full MARC records </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supports very complex queries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exact, any, all, not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>>, >=, <, <= </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Enhance existing systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link resolver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build new services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build a custom WorldCat interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better availability options </li></ul></ul>
  6. 11. srw.li =(CS1) ( srw.li=(CS1) or srw.li=(CDS) or srw.li=(CUS) or srw.li=(SDG) or srw.li=(CDU) )

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