WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative ( Draft for Community Review)— Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the draft for the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative affect my use of the WorldCat Search API?
For the review period, the current API terms and conditions remain in force. The months of April and May are an opportunity for libraries to respond to the draft.
However, based on the current draft of the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities being reviewed, there are two different situations that affect bibliographic records as they relate to WorldCat Search API usage:
1. For records that your library currently has holdings attached, the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities would apply. And the WorldCat Search API can be used for these possible uses.
2. For all other records not held by the library, the API can still be used for discovery purposes. There would be no change to the current terms and conditions for these records.
2. How may an OCLC member use extracted WorldCat data that represents or enriches the records for the member’s own holdings?
An OCLC member may make normal and customary use of data extracted from WorldCat that represents or enriches the member's own holdings in the member's system( s) and services. Such uses might include loading data into a library catalog, discovery system, resource- sharing system or the like for the purposes of supporting discovery of and access to the member's collections, supporting bibliographic verification, inventory control, circulation or supporting private study, teaching, learning, academic or scientific research.
Member libraries are encouraged to make innovative uses of WorldCat data within the member's system( s) and services for such purposes, and make reasonable efforts to attribute the OCLC cooperative as a contributor to their works or services based substantially on WorldCat data.
Uses of data extracted from WorldCat that represent or enrich the member's own holdings that involve transferring or making the WorldCat data available outside the member's systems or services by another party are discussed below.
3. May an OCLC member provide machine- to- machine access ( e. g. Z39.50, SRU/ SRW, OAI, Linked Data, etc.) to extracted WorldCat data that represents or enriches the records for the member's own holdings?