Thursday, January 29, 2009

‡ (Open Access in Cataloguing - OPAC 2.0)

LibLime [the leader in Open Source Library Solutions] announced the launch of ‡–a free browser-based cataloging service with a data store containing over thirty-million records. Records are licensed under the Open Data Commons, making the service the world’s largest repository of freely-licensed library records.

‡ (pronounced ‘biblios dot net’) features an intuitive metadata editor complete with templates, macros, authority auto-completion and embedded context-sensitive help. The central record repository contains 25-million bibliographic records and just under eight-million authority records. The data is maintained by ‡ users similar to the model used by Wikipedia. Catalogers can use and contribute to the database without restrictions because records in ‡ are freely-licensed under the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License (

‡ also includes a built-in federated search system allowing catalogers to find records from any Z39.50 target. A central Search Target Registry, seeded with over 2,000 Z39.50 servers, makes it easy for catalogers to find, create and share Z39.50 targets.

Read the press release and liste to the Podcast of Josh Ferraro (the CEO of LibLime)

So, time arrived for "Open Access Cataloguing"? Would the arrival of this Open Data Movement be a real challenge to WorldCat and GoogleBookSearch?

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