OCLC supports Open Data license

OCLC has endorsed the use of the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) for library catalog records.

This is a great step forward, as it allows a clear path for use and re-use of library records without fear of a lengthy and costly legal defense over ownership of records.

This solution is a compromise, in the opinion of this blogger, in that the data itself cannot be owned or licensed, nor could OCLC be able to claim to be the original creator of the data a great majority of the records.  It does, however, provides a path forward that allows everyone to benefit, and that should be why organizations such as OCLC exist in the first place.

found via Becky Yoose’s Twitter feed

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