WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry

OCLC set to launch new service to discover copyright status of books
27 Aug 2008

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that it is piloting a new service for libraries that encourage librarians and other interested parties to discover and share information on copyright status of books.

The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry is a community working together to build a union catalogue of copyright evidence based on WorldCat, which contains over 100 million bibliographic records describing items held in thousands of libraries worldwide. In addition to the WorldCat metadata, the Copyright Evidence Registry uses other data contributed by libraries and other organisations. The new service seeks to encourage a cooperative environment to discover, create and share copyright evidence through a collaboratively created and maintained database, using the WorldCat cooperative model to eliminate duplicate efforts.

The Copyright Evidence Registry six-month pilot was launched July 1 to test the concept and functionality. Users can search the Copyright Evidence Registry to find information about a book, learn what others have said about its copyright status, and share what they know. During a later stage of the pilot, OCLC will add a feature enabling pilot libraries to create and run automated copyright rules conforming to standards they define for determining copyright status. The rules will help libraries analyse the information available in the Copyright Evidence Registry and form their own conclusions about copyright status.

The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry beta can be accessed at OCLC has called for feedbacks on the Copyright Evidence Registry from the library community on the website at

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From today’s Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

Open Access proposal at Harvard

From The Chronical of Higher Education via Patty Gaspari-Bridges, Head of the Science Libraries, Princeton University: 

February 12, 2008


"Harvard Faculty Adopts Open-Access Requirement

Harvard University’s faculty this evening adopted a policy that requires faculty members to allow the university to make their scholarly articles available free online.  Peter Suber, an open-access activist with Public Knowledge, a nonprofit group in Washington, said on his blog that the new policy makes Harvard the first university in the United States to mandate open access to its faculty members’ research publications.  Stuart M. Shieber, a professor of computer science at Harvard, who proposed the policy to the faculty, said after the vote in a news release that the decision ‘should be a very powerful message to the academic community that we want and should have more control over how our work is used and disseminated.’  The new policy will allow faculty members to request a waiver, but otherwise they must provide an electronic form of the article to the provost’s office, which will place it in an online repository.  The policy will allow Harvard authors to publish in any journal that permits posting online after publication. According to Mr.Suber, about two-thirds of pay-access journals allow such posting in online repositories. –Lila Guterman ‘

 copyright 2008 CHE (Chronicle of Higher Education)