U kunt de OAister records ook raadplegen via Worldcat.org. En dat is heel goed nieuws, want beide websites zijn enorm belangrijk voor elke serieuze onderzoeker.
Zelf ben ik een grootgebruiker van beide websites. In Worldcat kunt u al 1,4 miljard (!) records raadplegen en daar komt nu de OCLC informatie van 71.000 bibliotheken uit 112 landen bij.
Bericht van OAister: OCLC makes OAIster records available through WorldCat.org to ensure long-term public access to digital resources:
"The University of Michigan and OCLC today announced that they have successfully transitioned the OAIster database to OCLC to ensure continued public access to open-archive collections, and to expand the visibility of these collections to millions of information seekers through OCLC services.
OAIster records are now fully accessible through WorldCat.org, and will be included in WorldCat.org search results along with records from thousands of libraries worldwide that add their holdings to WorldCat. OCLC plans to release a freely accessible, discrete view of the OAIster records in January 2010 through a URL specific to OAIster. OAIster records will also continue to be available on the OCLC FirstSearch service to Base Package subscribers, providing another valuable access point for this rich database and a complement to other FirstSearch databases. OCLC will continue to develop and enhance access to open archive content."
Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. More than 71,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.