I've heard from OCLC staff that this is something they'd _like_ to do, but I don't believe they have it yet.

The trick here is that traditional library metadata practices make it _very hard_ to tell if a _specific volume/issue_ is held by a given library. And those are the most common use cases for OpenURL.

If you just want to get to the title level (for a journal or a book), you can easily write your own thing that takes an OpenURL, and either just redirects straight to worldcat.org on isbn/lccn/oclcnum, or actually does a WorldCat API lookup to ensure the record exists first and/or looks up on author/title/etc too. Umlaut already includes the 'naive' "just link to worldcat.org based on isbn, oclcnum, or lccn" approach, functionality that was written before the worldcat api exists. That is, Umlaut takes an incoming OpenURL, and provides the user with a link to a worldcat record based on isbn, oclcnum, or lccn.


Tom Keays wrote:
I know it is possible to sent OpenURL requests to the WorldCat Registry
service and have it chose a local OpenURL resolver based on what IP address
you are coming from.

WorldCat OpenURL endpoint: http://worldcat.org/registry/gateway

What I don't know is if WorldCat has an OpenURL resolver or can itself act
as an endpoint for an OpenURL? I realize this is not the usual use case;
normally an OpenURL would be searching against a knowledgebase of the
holdings of a specific institution. With WorldCat, the OpenURL would have
the holdings of all the constituent member libraries as its "knowledgebase".
So, the purpose of this would be to discover where a given item represented
by the OpenURL was held. A secondary purpose would be as a source of
bibliographic citation information This could be quite useful discovery
tool, especially for materials that are not widely held.

Ditto the same question for OpenLibrary.


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