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OCLC's 'Collective Responsibility to Protect the Unparalleled Value of WorldCat'
OCLC issued a justification of its June 13 lawsuit against Clarivate, stating, “OCLC recently took the unprecedented action of filing suit against Clarivate PLC and its subsidiaries Clarivate Analytics, Ex Libris, and ProQuest to halt the misappropriation of OCLC assets to build a cataloging service. Clarivate appears to be positioning MetaDoor as a new competitor to WorldCat. That’s not the full story. Clarivate is a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that’s trying to appropriate investments, innovation, and efforts by a nonprofit library organization and the libraries it serves.”
OCLC describes WorldCat as follows:
WorldCat is a remarkable achievement in global collaboration that we all have a responsibility to protect. For more than 50 years, OCLC metadata experts, libraries, and many others have contributed, enhanced, improved, and shared bibliographic data to connect cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide. WorldCat also represents a significant and ongoing investment by OCLC and the community.
OCLC’s disapproval of Clarivate’s actions stems from the following:
MetaDoor relies on WorldCat records to be a viable, usable data set, leading to a weakened WorldCat, less competition, and increased prices. Damage to WorldCat diminishes everything we’ve worked cooperatively to build, including improved cataloging, resource sharing, discovery, collection and library management, and other services that thousands of libraries and their users rely on every day. …
If MetaDoor is allowed to proceed, WorldCat investments will decline as revenue declines, and the very records MetaDoor depends on will no longer be available in the same way they are today. This will lead to operational issues in many libraries.
It’s our shared responsibility to preserve the viability and value of WorldCat for future generations. Participants commit to respecting the contributions of every library. The rights and responsibilities associated with WorldCat preserve its integrity as a world-class library resource.
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