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OCLC PICA Expands Open WorldCat for Europe
OCLC PICA (http://www.oclcpica.org), the European library cooperative, is running a pilot initiative to expand the Open WorldCat program with wider coverage of European library collections. The first phase will surface existing European holdings from WorldCat in search engine result lists, including the Dutch National Catalogue and the LinkUK database of public library holdings. The second phase will add holdings from libraries in Germany. In addition, as part of the pilot, the Open WorldCat site will be translated into non-English languages and functionality will be developed for European-specific search engines.
The pilot is being undertaken in order to enable European libraries to increase the visibility of their holdings as well as their usage, and to strengthen their position as a source for online research. During the pilot a number of features will be introduced that will help localize the program for European users. These include:
- Raising the ranking of records in country-specific search engine sites for items held in domestic libraries. Thus, for example, items in British libraries will be ranked more highly in results from sites such as http://uk.search.yahoo.com, http://www.google.co.uk, and http://uk.ask.com.
- Translation of the Open WorldCat "Find in a Library" site and links to it so that the option "Find in a Library" is immediately understood as a practical and local option.
- Inclusion of more specific European geographic data (for example postal codes) for library locations that will allow users to identify the libraries nearest to them.
Source: OCLC PICA
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