OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment

For a variety of reasons I haven’t posted much in the last few months, but I wanted to comment on OCLC’s Expert Community Experiment A few webinars were held to introduce the experiment, which went live in mid-February.  Slides from the webinars should appear shortly on the Experiment’s website.

There was a good bit of discussion about the Experiment on OCLC-CAT recently.  From the comments, it appears that people are in favor of the experiment for the reason that I joined the Enhance program over 20 years ago – that it is easier to make the correction with the book in hand and the record in front of you than to photocopy and submit the proof and wait for someone else to make the correction.

If this type of permission passes from an experiment to a permanent authorization, it will be interesting to see if the credits are just a token of appreciation, as the database enrichment, or somewhat closer to reasonable compensation, as the Enhance credit.

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