WorldCat Metadata API provides read and write API access to the data in
WorldCat: bibliographic records, local bibliographic data and basic
holdings. WorldCat Discovery API provides access to search WorldCat and
OCLC's Central Index of metadata based on a diverse set of indexes. Data is
returned in a Linked Data graph. This API is still in beta. For more
detailed information on each API you can look at the documentation at
WorldCat Metadata API -
WorldCat Discovery API -
Given the use case you describe, your best bet is probably the WorldCat
Metadata API, especially if you need to write any data back to WorldCat.
However you can perform the same task with WorldCat Search API and if you
are only reading data this might be a better fit because of its simpler
You're welcome to send an email to [log in to unmask] if you have further
detailed support questions.
On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 6:15 AM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I’m curious. What is the difference between the WorldCat Discovery and
> WorldCat Metadata APIs?
> Given an OCLC number, I want to programmatically search WorldCat and get
> in return a full bibliographic record compete with authoritative subject
> headings and names. Which API should I be using?
> Eric Morgan