OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a library cooperative, has purchased the assets of Openly Informatics, a provider of linking software and services for the library market. Openly Informatics' 1.2 million-record database of linking metadata for electronic resources will be used to enrich OCLC WorldCat, a database of bibliographic information.
OCLC WorldCat, in turn, will extend the Openly Informatics database by contributing metadata covering materials in other electronic formats, including electronic books, digital audio books, digital theses, and dissertations. As part of the agreement, Dr. Eric S. Hellman, founder and president of Openly Informatics, and his staff, will join OCLC to continue to manage, innovate, and support Openly Informatics services. Dr. Hellman will serve as director of the new division, operating as OCLC Openly Informatics.
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