You may recall that a while back we announced that linked data had been added to WorldCat.org web pages. If you scroll down when viewing a single record you can reveal a “Linked Data” section of the page that is human readable and also “scrapable” via software.
curl -L -H “Accept: application/ld+json” http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/41266045
And that is what you would get in return. Alternatively, you could simply request that format by using the appropriate filename extension:
Formats supported include RDF XML, JSON, and Turtle. Richard Wallis has written a more thorough description of this that can be very helpful in understanding how best to use this new service.
These changes make it much easier and faster to get the data a developer requires into their application in a highly usable way. We can’t wait to see what they do with it.
Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.