Collaboratively Building Web Scale Libraries
Phil Coles - OCLC (UK) Ltd
OCLC is connecting the content, technology and expert capabilities of its member libraries worldwide to create the first Web-scale, cooperative library management service. The collective vision is to move services to the network or "the cloud," whereby libraries use the same shared hardware, services and data, rather than hosting hardware and software on behalf of individual libraries. The cooperative nature of this project leverages the powerful ethos of library resource sharing—opening up opportunities for cooperative intelligence by making sharable data available to all users—a "network effect" not available when library management systems are simply hosted by another organisation.
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