At the recent American Library Association conference, held in late June in New Orleans, I had the privilege of presenting — with a few of your Developer Network colleagues — on OCLC’s new Cooperative Platform.
What’s that, you ask?
The Cooperative Platform is a new initiative designed to make OCLC’s Web services — the same ones we use to create our products — more widely available to the library (and other interested) development communities. The Platform has several key goals, all of which build on the great environment already offered by the Developer Network:
Or, check out the work of Andrea Schurr at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, one of our library pilot partners (along with Orbis-Cascade and Washington State University). Andrea’s library will be getting a new - and much larger - building soon, and she used a Platform service (for circulation and item data) to create a “computer-to-shelf” app that helps users to find their ways to the items they want.
We’ve been gradually introducing the Cooperative Platform at mashathons, conferences, and the like, but the time seems right to start sharing more of our planning with the Developer Network community in advance of our general release later this year. In the coming months, stay tuned for additional blog posts that provide more detail about our work to date...including some interesting reading from Karen Coombs, who has been instrumental in working with the Platform development team, our pilot libraries, and the initial services and apps on the Platform!
If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me or Karen...we’re happy for questions about and ideas for this new initiative!
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