On Monday, OCLC launched the OCLC WorldShare Platform, a shared technical infrastructure that will support a growing number of OCLC services and applications. This platform will enable library developers, partners and other organizations to create, configure and share a wide range of applications that deliver new functionality and value for libraries and their users.
The OCLC WorldShare Platform facilitates collaboration and app-sharing across the library community so that libraries can combine library-built applications, partner-built applications and OCLC-built applications. This enables the benefits of each single solution to be shared broadly throughout the library community.
In the coming weeks, participants from platform pilot libraries will work with members of the OCLC Developer Network to help create and build new applications to populate the new OCLC WorldShare App Gallery, where users will be able to see available apps and install them into current work environments. Developers can showcase their creativity, partners can create add-on functionality and library staff can find practical, everyday solutions to streamline and enhance their workflows.
The first services built on this new technical infrastructure are Webscale Management Services, which have been rebranded as OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and include circulation, acquisitions and license management applications. Today, more than 30 libraries are already using OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and more than 150 libraries worldwide have committed to the new service since September 2010.
Over time, OCLC will bring together additional services and applications under the OCLC WorldShare name, including resource sharing, consortial borrowing, metadata management and other applications. OCLC’s currently deployed library management solutions will continue to be maintained and enhanced in line with member libraries’ ongoing requirements under their current brand names.
WorldCat will continue to serve as the name for shared data, including registries and the knowledge base, as well as discovery services such as WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local.
Finally, OCLC is taking the first steps in a migration to cloud computing for service delivery. OCLC currently operates data centers located in the United States. The first data center outside the United States will be available in the United Kingdom in early December. Additional data centers will be deployed in continental Europe, Australia and Canada in the coming year. Data centers around the world will support performance, reliability and scalability in OCLC’s increasingly global Cooperative.
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