User contributions to WorldCat

Informatie aan Zee 2009 donderdag 10 tot vrijdag 11 september 2009

User contributions to WorldCat


Janifer Gatenby, OCLC




Donderdag 10 september 2009, 13.00u.


The session will elaborate on enrichments via social contribution to OCLC's data resources, principally WorldCat but also including WorldCat Identities (name authority file) and the WorldCat institution registry. Users have entered more than 140,000 lists which are accessible within in from their individual entries. Ratings and reviews are also captured and are presented alongside reviews collected from third parties such as Amazon. The OCLC registry of institutions is maintained by user contribution.

Users and systems are able to access social contributions via multiple interface, via, via mobile phone interfaces, via also via a suite of APIs and via widgets such as one on Facebook.

In the OCLC Office of Research a study is currently underway with members of the RLG partnership to assess the value of user contributed name authority additions and corrections. OCLC is also studying community policing of user contribution as a method of protecting quality and rewarding generous contributors. There is considerable potential for further user contribution and services based on contribution. For example, armed with the power to make name authority links and corrections, users could make their own curriculum vitae in the form of a list. There is also much to be learned from successful user contribution sites such as Wikipedia and genealogy web sites, particularly in achieving web-scale.

The potential for creating rich, authoritative and useful bibliographic and associated data is in combining contributions from multiple sources including traditional cataloguing, international files like VIAF, data mining, trade and authors' rights societies along with user contribution.


At OCLC, Janifer Gatenby's role is research integration and standards, working in OCLC grid services. She has worked at OCLC from the Leiden office since 2000. Janifer has been involved in the development of many international standards including SRU, SRU record update, the ISO Holdings Schema (ISO 20775), the registry model (ISO 2146), the OpenURL Request Transfer Message and is currently working on two international standards ISNI, International Standard Name Identifier and ISCI International Collection Identifier.  

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