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


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

  1. 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. 2. OCLC: Member owned and governed since 1967. <ul><li>Mission: Connecting people to knowledge through library cooperation. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision: The world’s libraries. Connected. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction to OCLC <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat union catalog: Cooperative database of 145 million+ records, representing materials in 71,000 libraries in 112 countries. </li></ul><ul><li> Free-to-the-public search site for materials in WorldCat libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat Resource Sharing: World’s largest inter-library loan network, reaching 10,000 libraries with a transaction every 4 seconds. </li></ul><ul><li> Peer-to-peer training and support network for libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>OCLC Research: Leading applied research center for libraries, archives, museums. Hosted original Dublin Core meeting in 1995. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Building tools:
  5. 5. Building tools: social features RSS Feeds Lists List watching Reviews and ratings User tags Portable search box
  6. 6. Providing platforms: Facebook App and CiteMe tool Learn more at: Learn more at: Learn about the Developers’ Network at:
  7. 7. Engaging the community: OCLC and the wider, social Web <ul><li>13 official blogs and counting; 12 in English, 1 in English, Spanish & Portuguese. Subscribe to any/all at: </li></ul><ul><li>10+ product-related discussion lists plus hosted lists: </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @oclc, @oclcdevnet + dozens of personal OCLC employee accounts (e.g., @lorcanD) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: applications, OCLC, WorldCat, WebJunction, other fan pages </li></ul><ul><li>WebJunction forums, OCLC Developer’s Network </li></ul><ul><li>Content on (articles, reports, Webinars, news, some datasets) available as HTML, RSS, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing the size and scope of OCLC-provided linked data (e.g., VIAF – a multi-national authority file). See: </li></ul>OCLC blogs… your glimpse into our minds
  8. 8. Engaging the community: OCLC reports and more NextSpace: Libraries and social networking “ Some thoughts about egos, objects, and social networks” Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World
  9. 9. Thank you! <ul><li>If you have a moment, we invite you to take a look at these OCLC blogs… And we welcome your comments! </li></ul><ul><li>Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog: </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>It’s all good: </li></ul><ul><li>Hanging Together: </li></ul><ul><li>Outgoing: </li></ul><ul><li>Designing the Future: </li></ul><ul><li>Metalogue: </li></ul><ul><li>Hectic Pace: </li></ul><ul><li>Weibel Lines: </li></ul><ul><li>The Dewey blog: </li></ul><ul><li>BlogJunction: </li></ul>Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported