OCLC hat durch die Änderung der Policy fast ausschließlich verärgerte Reaktionen provoziert. Der ganze Fall ist im Code4Lib-Wiki dokumentiert. Tim Spalding fasste die Argumente gegen OCLCs neue Policy zusammen: Why libraries must reject the OCLC Policy (part 1). Jetzt ist im Librarything-Blog folgende Erfreulichkeit zu lesen:
Big news. As you may have heard, OCLC has reversed itself and delayed its new Policy due to take effect in February. They will be setting up a “Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship”, with broad member consultation promised. At best, they’ve heard the message and may end up embracing truly free and open library data. (A man can dream!) At worst their strategic retreat gives free-and-open data proponents time to articulate and broaden their case.
For people like me who have been pluging away at this for months and feeling increasingly depressed about what seemed the library world’s inevitable slide into data monopoly, it was a big, big win.
Tim Spalding führt die OCLC-Reaktion auf die Schlagkraft des Web 2.0 zurück:
Content aside, however, it was a big win for library “social media,” particularly the “biblioblogosphere.” OCLC’s new Policy was rushed through so quickly that it effectively bypassed traditional library-world tools, like professional conference. Press coverage too was minimal, late and mostly dependent on the blogosphere.