OCLC has launched a new library application platform called WorldShare. The web-based platform will allow OCLC member libraries to develop and share services and applications. On OCLC’s WorldShare webpage, the company describes what it does:
The OCLC WorldShare Platform is the technical infrastructure on which OCLC’s Webscale services are built and provides data, tools and services for library developers, users and partners to create and share applications collectively. Libraries can build applications to meet local needs, while benefiting from the innovation of the broader global library community.
Part of the platform will be an App Gallery where users can find and download library-, OCLC Partner-, and OCLC-built applications. It will provide APIs and Web services to library data including WorldCat.
Read the article from American Libraries magazine: OCLC Launches New WorldShare Platform.
Visit the OCLC WorldShare website.
For further reading, view the Libraries at Webscale, a 71-page “discussion document” which covers the impact of the Web, scaling services globally, and library collaboration at “Web scale”. In the report are essays by library trends writiers Thomas L. Friedman, Seth Godin, Steven Berlin Johnson, and Kevin Kelly.