WorldCat features: September 2008 Archives
Just wanted to post a quick note to let you know that you will be seeing some changes to the WorldCat Blog coming through (....as you may have already noticed with our new header). We are updating our look a bit and reorganizing some of our content (via 'Categories') to structure things cleaner.
So when I posted an entry about the Internet Resources Icon a few months back, it turned into a much bigger UI project on our end. We decided to just revamp the way we display our icons all together.
We installed the new icons in early September, so you may see new icons appearing that weren't previously on worldcat.org, such as ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, video games, audiobooks on tape, and toys. It's a rather manual process to identify these new types, so an ongoing effort is underway to refine our definitions so that we are displaying what is most meaningful to our worldcat.org user. You may see these new icons and types gradually being introduced into the different parts of worldcat.org as we complete this effort. If you have any comments on the icons and types that we added to worldcat.org, please send them our way!
I don't have an iPhone yet, but I just found (another) reason to want one: there's now a WorldCat app developed for it, available for download at
iPhone Toolbox the Apple Web site apps section (for free). If you have an iPhone, download it and let us know how it performs for you. In fact, we might even send you a free WorldCat t-shirt in exchange.
There's a new Web service available for you IT developer types, called the WorldCat Search API. It will help libraries integrate WorldCat data into their own Web sites, link resolvers and other applications. It joins other Web services like xISSN that helps library developers do more with WorldCat data.
Here's some more technical information about the API, borrowed from the information on the OCLC Web site.
With the WorldCat API, developers can:
- Query the WorldCat database, containing more than 100 million bibliographic records contributed by librarians and other information professionals at thousands of WorldCat member libraries worldwide
- Retrieve a geographically sorted list of WorldCat libraries that own a specific item. Each library listing includes the institution name, location and the URL of the library's Web catalog record for that item
- Gain access to WorldCat from clients that can send RESTful URI queries with either the OpenSearch or SRU protocols and can accept RSS, Atom, MARC XML or Dublin Core® responses.
I am really excited to see what cool new tools and mash-ups emerge from the developer community with this new point of access. In fact, we have an event for developers in the planning stages, related to the WorldCat API. If you've ever played around with Amazon Web Services, I think you're going to like this