11 comments for “Clarification regarding WorldCat membership

  1. Daniel Forsman
    19 april, 2012 at 02:37


  2. Iain
    19 april, 2012 at 04:56

    right on

  3. 19 april, 2012 at 07:26

    I support this 100%!

  4. Lisa Petersen
    19 april, 2012 at 09:57


  5. 20 april, 2012 at 07:23

    Again I find myself wondering:

    Has the Norwegian BIBSYS consortium (which includes the Norwegian national library) really been able to secure terms with OCLC that are better than the ones Libries are walking away from here?

  6. Jan Szczepanski
    23 april, 2012 at 08:15

    Vad är det som är så positivt med att vi inte vill samarbeta med 70.000 andra bibliotek och över
    30 nationalbibliotek.?

    Vill ni leka i egen sandlåda?


  7. Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director OCLC EMEA
    23 april, 2012 at 04:05

    OCLC has continued to meet with National Library representatives. We reassure all parties that use of their data in ways mandated by national mission will not be circumscribed. There are already many circumstances in which consortia and group catalogs are contributed to OCLC and the individual library members then extract their own data for subsequent use and transfer to other parties. In addition we have had direct discussions with Europeana management and are planning follow up meetings to ensure that libraries and OCLC can feel confident about contributing to Europeana under their Data Exchange Agreement. Finally, on 18 April the OCLC Global Council in order to advise the OCLC Board of Trustees passed a resolution endorsing the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) as consistent with the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative. This license says users of the data are free to share, adapt and re-use without restriction as long as the user provides attribution. The OCLC cooperative is taking all of these steps in order to ensure that members who choose to release their data can do so in a responsible way that supports innovative re-use.

  8. Annsofie Oscarsson
    25 april, 2012 at 08:38

    I would like to endorse Eric van Lübecks comment, returning from OCLC-Global Council meeting where the Open Data Commons Attribute License was discussed and supported. I can see two conflicting concepts, on the one hand totally free and open bibliographic data (which I absolutely support) and on the other hand OCLC:s tradition of being a strong cooperative organization with a strong membership identification, at the same time recognizing the increasing demand of free and open data also to non-members. The proposed license still requires contribution (which is a matter of interpretation), but it is a step in the right direction. I would encourage the National Library to be open to further discussions with OCLC if the outcome of their meetings with Europeana is positive.


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