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RE: WorldCat xISBN

Wouldn't it be interesting to be able to do the same for journal 

Sally Morris
Consultant, Morris Associates (Publishing Consultancy)
Email:  sally@morris-assocs.demon.co.uk

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[mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Eric Hellman
Sent: 14 May 2007 22:44
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: WorldCat xISBN

Development and Support for xISBN and related "xIdentifier" 
services are being done by my group here in New Jersey...


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bob Murphy +1-614-761-5136 murphyb@oclc.org

WorldCat xISBN service enhances search results with associated
forms of individual works in WorldCat

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 11, 2007-The WorldCat xISBN service, the OCLC
service that supplies International Standard Book Numbers
associated with individual intellectual works represented in the
WorldCat database, is now also available for commercial and
high-use applications.

The WorldCat xISBN service, which began as an OCLC Research
project, is a machine-to-machine service that supplies ISBNs and
other information associated with an individual work in WorldCat,
the world's richest database for discovery of items held in
libraries. It has been a supported service, available at no
charge for individual, non-commercial use, since February.  It is
now also being made available for commercial and high-use
applications (more than 500 requests per day) via subscription.

The xISBN service helps a user find a resource when an ISBN
assigned to any printing or edition of the work is known.  Users
submit an ISBN to the service to return a list of related ISBNs
and selected metadata.

"The ability to automatically expand ISBN queries to include all
editions of a work will help users find the information they
need," said Robin Murray, Vice President, OCLC Global Product
Management. "The xISBN service is another example of OCLC's
commitment to finding new ways to make the WorldCat database work
for our users." ISBNs are related to each other using
librarian-cataloged bibliographic records in WorldCat together
with an algorithm that implements the FRBR model for information
objects that brings together multiple versions of a work.  The
FRBR model keeps WorldCat users from having to browse numerous
records that represent many different manifestations of a
book-such as different printings, hardcover or paperback
editions, audiobooks or film versions, for example-and brings
them together under one record.

The WorldCat xISBN service is ideal for Web-enabled search
applications, such as library catalogs and online booksellers,
and based on associations made in the WorldCat database, xISBN
enables an end user to link to information about other versions
of a source work.  Among the uses of the WorldCat xISBN service:
to identify a book from an online bookseller to determine if that
book is available at the user's library; to confirm that no
alternative versions of a work are available before a library
sends an interlibrary loan request; to use a single search to
check holdings of all editions of a work before making a
selection for acquisition. More information about the WorldCat
xISBN service is available on the OCLC WorldCat Web site:
Send e-mail to xisbn-support@oclc.org for details about

About OCLC

Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online
Computer Library Center is a nonprofit library service and
research organization that has provided computer-based
cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent and
preservation services to 57,000 libraries in 112 countries and
territories.  OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have
created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online
resource for finding library materials.  For more information,
visit www.oclc.org.

OCLC, WorldCat and WorldCat xISBN are trademarks and/or service
marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Third-party
product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service
marks of their respective owners.

Eric Hellman, Director                            OCLC Openly
Informatics Division
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