[open-bibliography] WorldCat API and Licensing
tennantr at oclc.org
Mon Jan 10 21:11:51 GMT 2011
Actually, the best place to have any questions answered is the OCLC Developers Network list, which you can join by going to http://listserv.oclc.org/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=wc-devnet-l&A=1 and scroll down until you see WC-DEVNET-L.
On Jan 10, 2011, at 12:35 PM, "Karen Coyle" <kcoyle at kcoyle.net> wrote:
> Jim, one way to reach a bunch of potential WC API users is through the code4lib list, which is where the library code-writers hang out. They also have an active IRC channel where you can find people who will answer questions. Go to
> and you'll see how to get in touch with them.
> Quoting Jim Pitman <pitman at stat.Berkeley.EDU>:
>> I just succeeded in getting a WorldCat Basic Search API Key and
>> executing a query of the form
>> http://worldcat.org/webservices/catalog/search/opensearch?q=[query]&wskey=[your key]
>> According to the documentation I should be also able to execute
>> http://www.worldcat.org/webservices/catalog/content/[oclc number]?wskey=[key]
>> but I cant seem to make this work. Anybody with experience of this API able to advise? Or suggest
>> where else I might find help with this?
>> I notice WorldCat now tolerates Non-Commercial use of data obtained through this API. Even if not ideal, this is way
>> better than their draconian terms when I last looked a year or so back.
>> NC seems adequate for my current purpose, which is the creation, maintenance and open publication on the
>> web of comprehensive personal bibliographies. It a question for this group what license I could/should place on
>> such biblios containing records derived by deduplication and enhancement of records from multiple sources
>> including WorldCat, MathSciNet, ZMATH, ACM Guide, Microsoft Academic Search, Google Scholar, ....
>> I am planning to apply CC0, and to provide comprehensive links back to whereever the data was derived from.
>> I expect that no source will dare challenge this and ask me to remove what came from their records. For if they
>> do they become less visible as a biblio source. So I propose such deliberate matching and republication
>> of matched records with links back to sources as a general strategy for opening up biblio data, even data currently held
>> by large organizations quite protective of their bibliographic turf.
>> In particular, I do not see that e.g. the NC clause in the WorldCat API prevents me doing this, provided
>> I do not put advertizing on my site, which I wont. Neither does it seem that their NC clause prevents
>> me from offering my cleaned and merged data as JSON/RDF/whatever, which other agents could then harvest from
>> my site and do what they please with, even commercial things.
>> Suggestions/reactions welcomed.
>> Jim Pitman
>> Director, Bibliographic Knowledge Network Project
>> Professor of Statistics and Mathematics
>> University of California
>> 367 Evans Hall # 3860
>> Berkeley, CA 94720-3860
>> ph: 510-642-9970 fax: 510-642-7892
>> e-mail: pitman at stat.berkeley.edu
>> URL: http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/users/pitman
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