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Lorcan Dempsey responds to Tom Dowling’s critique of Open Worldcat by saying that the Big O will make Open WorldCat OpenURL-compliant “in due course. … The current syntax is simple, human-readable, and human-constructable. We will complement it with OpenURL-based access which will allow additional service possibilities.”

I’m glad Lorcan addressed the question head-on, but I also task Tom Dowling–and anyone else who made this point–to explain to us little people why OpenURL is important, how it works, and exactly what we should be asking /demanding/begging the Big O or any other organization to do about it. I’m all ears, but I have to understand what I’m hearing.

Let’s say you were doing a demo at PLA next year (it’s in Boston–fun stuff!), and you were facing a room filled with public library administrators. You say, “Open WorldCat should be OpenURL-compliant” (or however you want to make the declarative statement). Then you say:

1. OpenURL means…

2. It would look like this…

3. The short-term and long-term benefits to you would be…

4. Open WorldCat would be improved by this because…

Maybe I’ve been distracted by other things, but I have yet to see OpenURL spelled out in a way that was extremely clear to me, one of the simple folk, a mere administrator. Not that I’m any guru, but if I’m hazy on OpenURL–what it is and why we need it and where we need it–then I can only imagine how unclued-in my less technically-inclined peers are on OpenURL.

C’mon, share…

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