[open-bibliography] OCLC adds Linked Data to WorldCat.org | DDC 23 released as linked data at dewey.info

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Mon Jun 25 14:22:29 UTC 2012

This discussion is going forward on the presumption that OCLC will allow 
significantly large downloads to the general public. I may have missed 
some announcement, but I am not sure that is the case. Before 
speculating further it might be good to clarify that point.

To reiterate, this most recent announcement relates to the addition of 
data to WorldCat displays for search engine optimization. My 
understanding is that OCLC is open to search engines, and they do 
provide a sitemap:


Beyond that it's greek to me, but perhaps someone on this list can 
figure out what is and isn't possible.


On 6/25/12 3:42 AM, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM, Thomas Krichel <krichel at openlib.org
> <mailto:krichel at openlib.org>> wrote:
>     ianibbo at gmail.com <mailto:ianibbo at gmail.com> writes
>      > Yet it seems so unpopular, and I
>      > can't for the life of me figure out why :D
>       OAI-PMH is compliated, it has features nobody uses... It creates work
>       for humans that machines would be better at.
>       I prefer plain files and ftp or better rsync.
> The main problem is that it's an "academic-only" format. That means its
> use depends on support *and development*  by the academic community
> whereas other methods such as rsync, RESTful methods, RSS, etc are in
> widespread use. There isn't anything specific that academics need over
> the rest of the world.
> But having said that IF OCLC expose OAI-PMH then I am sure it can be
> incrementally downloaded. With these endpoints the main problem is
> knowing what is *in* the repo and ho far through you have got.
> But do OCLC have an Open OAI endpoint?
>       Cheers,
>       Thomas Krichel http://openlib.org/home/krichel
>     http://authorprofile.org/pkr1
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