The WorldCat Mashathon is not limited to OCLC member institutions, and we
certainly had non-OCLC participants at the New York event. We have many
APIs, some of which are open to anyone to use and others that require a key.
Again, depending on the API, for some you may need to qualify for access to
receive a key. We know that we could do a better job making these
distinctions apparent, which is something we'll be trying to clarify. In any
case, everyone who attends will be provided with an OCLC Web Services Key
(WSKey) that will be valid for the period of the event. Those who already
have a key will be welcome to use their existing key as well.
On 4/8/09 4/8/09 • 3:11 PM, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Roy, can anyone attend, even if not from OCLC member institutions? Also,
> it looks like only member institutions can use the API, but I may have
> mis-read -- is that the case?
> Roy Tennant wrote:
>> Join fellow coders for a WorldCat Mashathon in Amsterdam, May 13-14.
>> Sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network and International Institute of
>> Social History (IISH), the two-day event will be held Wednesday and Thursday
>> at IISH headquarters in Amsterdam.
>> The European Mashathon follows on the heels of a previous WorldCat Hackathon
>> in New York City. Participants will spend the two days brainstorming and
>> coding mash-ups with local systems, OCLC Web Services, and many other Web
>> Services to embellish existing, and create new, library services.
>> WorldCat includes national catalogues from the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland,
>> Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France, Spain, Switzerland,
>> Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia and many more‹so there are plenty of
>> potential uses and apps just waiting to happen.
>> Why attend the WorldCat Hackathon?
>> € Brainstorm potential uses for and play with the WorldCat Search API.
>> € Gain development access to 1.2 billion items from more than 10,000
>> libraries worldwide.
>> € Integrate these resources with many others to create innovative new
>> € Meet fellow developers across the information industry.
>> € Share your creative vision and be a part of the next wave of online
>> library development.
>> Ideas, outcomes and code from the Mashathon, together with a participants
>> list, will be shared during and after the event for others to download and
>> build on.
>> See <http://worldcat.org/devnet/wiki/2009EUMashathon> for more information
>> and to register.
>> Roy Tennant
>> OCLC Research