List of Wikicat OPAC Targets

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This page contains a list of potential and planned open catalog (OPAC) targets for Wikicat's bibliographic data Import Function. In addition to the technical details of connecting to a target, this page also discusses each particular target's legal and functional profile.

Library of Congress[edit]

  • Connection Details: Voyager Server
  • Formats: USMARC/MARC 21
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Holdings Size: 130 million, including 29 million printed material items and 59 million manuscripts
  • Holdings Profile: general material
  • Maximum Concurrent Connections:
  • Legal Issues: bibliographic megawatts records may be freely copied and redistributed

University of California Digital Library[edit]

  • Connection Details: MELVYL
  • Formats: MARC 21
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Holdings Size: 11 million (as of 2002)
  • Holdings Profile:
  • Maximum Concurrent Connections:
  • Legal Issues:

National Library of Medicine[edit]

  • Connection Details: LocatorPlus
  • Formats: USMARC/MARC 21
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Holdings Size: 8 million+
  • Holdings Profile: biomedical science
  • Maximum Concurrent Connections:
  • Legal Issues:

British Library/COPAC[edit]

  • Connection Details: BLZCAT and COPAC
  • Formats: SUTRS
  • Maximum Concurrent Connections:
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Holdings Profile: general material
  • Legal Issues: "There are also restrictions on re-use of records originating from BLCMP and SLS, and there may be other restrictions on re-use of records depending on the record source."[1]

The British Library and COPAC system return data in SUTRS format, a display-oriented format completely unsuited to Wikicat's detailed datamodel. Despite a move to MARC 21 internally at COPAC and the British Library, COPAC has no plans to return MARC data through its open target interface.

Thus despite its extensive holdings, the British Library/COPAC is not a suitable target.

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