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Looking for a map? The concepts identified in this prototype system are integrated into the Global Library Statistics application, which includes a map depicting library, cultural heritage, and publishing data. The OCLC WorldMap was a prototype system that provided an interactive visual tool for selecting and displaying international library holdings represented in WorldCat .
This article was amended on Friday 30 January 2009. In the report below we misrepresented a new record use policy being promulgated by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which aggregates library records and makes them searchable online through its WorldCat database. The policy does not, as we said, restrict libraries ' ability to make their own collections and records available for public search and indexing by search engines; the policy applies to WorldCat records. The article also said the OCLC shares only 3 million of its 125 million records with Google Books.
In the context of John MacColl’s guest blog on Karen Calhoun’s Metalogue, I was reminded of the stats from the LC-Flickr project pertaining to changes LC made in their own catalog prompted by insightful Flickr comments. When I last updated my Flickr slides for a class at Syracuse University , I found 174 records containing the word “flickr” in an all text field search of LC’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog . The records in that set usually contain a credit such as “Source: Flickr Commons project” for information which has been added, like in this instance . The same search today yields a whopping 4,256 records – which is quite close to the entire set of images LC has on Flickr (4,615 as of today). Upon closer inspection, I found that many of these records don’t contain a change to the substance of the record – however, they now do have a useful pointer to a discussion about the photograph on the Flickr site, and that’s why my search retrieved them.
Last month OCLC announced a new service offering for long-term storage of libraries’ digital collections . Called Digital Archive™ , it provides “a secure storage environment for you to easily manage and monitor the health of your master files and digital originals.” Barbara Quint has an article in Information Today called “ OCLC Introduces High-Priced Digital Archive Service ” in which she makes a comparison to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (or “S3″) from primarily a cost perspective: “The price for S3 storage at Amazon Web Services is 15 cents a gigabyte a month or $1.80 a year, in comparison to OCLC’s $7.50 a gig.” Barbara also goes into some of the technical differences, but I think it might be worthwhile to go a little more into depth on them. OCLC’s Digital Archive
The RLG Programs Descriptive Metadata Practices Survey results are now out! The report is divided into two documents: RLG Programs’ interpretation of the results and the issues we identified to pursue in future projects. (13 pages) The data supplement with the charts and graphs generated from the 89 survey responses and the survey instrument. (46 pages)
Worldcat Identities went into production as part of Worldcat.org over the weekend. It is currently linked to from under the 'details' tab. We will be interested to see how it is used and review other integration options over time. One nice feature is that the Tag Cloud (these are FAST headings derived from Library of Congress Subject Headings in the records) sends searches back into Worldcat.