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OCLC has created a demo for us to test out free use of their Search API. It's very basic at this point, more of a proof-of-concept. Future versions would be more flexible and better integrated with our workflows.

Try It Out

Overview: this experimental site demonstrates, for a pre-determined set of citations, how a Wikipedia editor might get access directly to full-text content by using links provided by OCLC that navigate access and permissions.The demo has several institutions listed in tabs along the top to show how increasing the level of registration of a library’s collections and access with OCLC can help improve discovery and fulfillment of requests to electronic resources. This is a point that will resonate with libraries, and we hope that the relationship with Wikipedia will encourage more libraries to register their ecollections and make sure their IP address ranges and open URL resolvers are correctly listed in our Institutional Registry. It further illustrates why we want to target a few libraries with full capabilities, so that they will take on some editors as visiting scholars and allow them this full level of access.


Moving from left-to-right in the set of demonstrator institutions:

Ohio State University
  • Qualifies for syndication, has registered its electronic resources in the WorldCat Knowledge Base, and has registered its IP addresses. It hasn’t registered an OpenURL resolver (but need not, with the KB registration already covering that.)
  • Note the wide range of registered resources that can provide access to the article, for some titles. The demonstrator shows them all, but an implementer may decide to be more selective.
  • The links to OSU all lead to a challenge for OSU user credentials, as expected when not on an OSU network.
  • Note: the great advantage of having libraries complete their KB registration is that the KB API can return a machine-readable record detailing fulfillment options for all citations, which partner systems can fold directly into their systems and services, without requiring that their patrons leave to check for availability with a separate transaction.
Yale University
  • Has not registered its electronic resources with OCLC’s Knowledge Base, but has registered is OpenURL resolver. So we can offer Open Access links for citations when the KB knows of them, and can create a specific query for articles and send that to Yale’s OpenURL resolver, which in turn provides links to the article and in some cases full text. This latter capacity is similar to the institutional resolver links that are popular in Google Scholar.
  • To demonstrate access to Open Access full text through the resolver, scroll down to Article citation 7 for “Magic angle effects in MR neurography” and click the link to “Free Access Journals”.
  • To demonstrate linking to Yale’s OpenURL resolver, click any of the “Search for availability at your library” links.
St. Meinrad Archabbey

They haven’t registered eresources in the KB and haven’t registered an OpenURL resolver, but have registered their IP address ranges. If a user accesses this content from a recognized IP address, they will be able to link through, with authentication, to full-text resources. Outside the IP address range we can show the open access resources known to the KB, which supports the general syndication story.

Renton Technical College

They aren’t eligible for syndication by OCLC’s standards, and they haven’t registered anything with us. But the demonstrator still shows the KB links to open access resources. This is meant to illustrate the lowest possible form of access and that any institution, be it a full OCLC member or even not a member at all, can be included to show some access to its users.

IP address

This will prompt the IP address for whatever network you are connected to. So, if demoing this at an institution that has registered some of its resources or ip addresses with us, that may be reflected in the responses. You can enter an IP address in a registered institution’s range to show how the KB and OpenURL generated links come to life. Try to emulate an IP address at OSU.