OCLC to convene Review Board of Shared Data

Good News! OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council to convene Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship...
OCLC Members Council and the OCLC Board of Trustees will jointly convene a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship to represent the membership and inform OCLC on the principles and best practices for sharing library data. The group will discuss the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records with the OCLC membership and library community.

The purpose of this Review Board is to engage the membership and solicit feedback and questions before the new policy is implemented. In order to allow sufficient time for feedback and discussion, implementation of the Policy will be delayed until the third quarter of the 2009 calendar year.


My call stands if the meeting is still happening Friday. I need to know by my early morning Thursday so I can draft credentials to get all the necessary sign-offs.

Still, this is fabulous news. This brings up the question as to whether or not there is a need for some of OCLC's functions anymore. With ubiquitous Internet access now that wasn't available at the birth of OCLC, record sharing via Z39.50 is viable compared to when it was not.

I've done two commentaries in the case already. I stand by what I said. A hyper-bureaucratic dinosaur is really starting to not be fit for purpose.
Stephen Michael Kellat, Host, LISTen
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