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All OAIster! All the time!

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oaister.jpgYou may have been excited when you heard that OAIster content was being indexed on WorldCat.org. The latest news is that a new site is available that only includes OAIster and its millions of metadata records.

OAIster records will continue to be indexed in WorldCat.org, of course, and will be integrated in WorldCat.org search results along with "regular" records from thousands of libraries worldwide.

What is OAIster again?

OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources hosted at the University of Michigan since 2002. Launched with grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, OAIster was developed to test the feasibility of building a portal to open-archive collections using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). In 2009, OCLC formed a partnership with the University of Michigan in order to provide continued access to open-archive collections through the OAIster database.

What does it mean for you?

Access to 23 million records for open-archive collections, contributed by more than 1,100 organizations worldwide.

louisandleon.jpgMore than 23 million records have been added to WorldCat.org results this month from a group project called OAIster.

OAIster represents the initiatives that many libraries, museums and archives have taken in recent years to digitize their historic artifacts and make them open to the online world. Including them now in WorldCat increases the visibility of these collections and ensures continued access.

You'll now find more materials such as digitized books and articles, audio and video files, photos, data sets, theses and research papers in WorldCat.org because of this addition.

The Louis Armstrong and Leon Rene image here gives you a taste of what kinds of materials you'll now find through WorldCat.org because of OAIster records. (You'll typically find the citation in WorldCat.org and click through to the digital collection of the specific library.)

An additional way to find digital images in WorldCat is to add "cntnt" to your search query. Then matching digital content will appear in your results sets. For example, Baseball.

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