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OCLC Initiates Metadata Services for Publishers

OCLC ( is offering Metadata Services for Publishers, a new service that takes publishers' ONIX title metadata, enriches it using WorldCat mining and mapping techniques, and delivers the enhanced ONIX metadata back to the publishers for use in their systems. The publishers' enhanced metadata is then made available early in the data creation process to libraries for use in selection, acquisition, and technical services workflows. Information seekers also benefit from web discovery of this metadata via (, the web destination for discovery of library resources.

"OCLC Metadata Services for Publishers provides added value to libraries and publishers by enhancing and delivering data that can work in multiple contexts and systems," says Renee Register, global product manager, OCLC cataloging and metadata services. "It is crucial to the future of cataloging to find collaborative ways to take advantage of publisher ONIX metadata, and this new service allows us to store, enhance and normalize the metadata for the benefit of both library and publishing communities."

OCLC enrichment of title metadata saves publishers time and resources by streamlining internal workflows and reducing in-house intellectual work and manipulation of title metadata. OCLC also provides validation, authentication, and standardization of publisher data for use by various partners (vendors, aggregators, booksellers) to increase the marketability of publisher ONIX title metadata throughout the publisher supply chain.

OCLC Contract Cataloging for Publishers is another service that creates MARC records using publishers' electronic title data as a starting point. OCLC offers cataloging solutions for publishers and vendors that need to provide MARC records to libraries.

Source: OCLC

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