Near-Time: Adding Social Networking to the Equation

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         Near-Time: Adding Social                                                              WorldCat Adds French Records,
                                                                                               Links to Questia eBooks
         Networking to the Equation                                                                OCLC and Bibliothèque nationale de France signed a letter of intent to work coop-



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                    ear-Time has now integrated social networking into its enterprise serv-    eratively to add records from the French national library to OCLC’s WorldCat. Biblio-
                    ice on the Near-Time platform. Reid Conrad, CEO, says the Enterprise       thèque nationale de France and OCLC signed the document during the IFLA World
                    2.0 collaboration is working well and the most recent enhancements         Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council in
         are making it even better. “We’ve taken the traditional social networking tools       Québec. Once the agreement is final, OCLC anticipates processing an estimated 13.2
         [and] added in groups, people, and content for an integrated approach,” he says.      million bibliographic records from Bibliothèque nationale de France. When records are
            This update reflects Near-Time’s continued growth through customer in-             added to WorldCat, they will be more visible and accessible to web users worldwide.
         terest. “It’s become more viral,” he says. “We’re seeing new features and appli-          Between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, records were added to WorldCat from
         cations on a geographic scale.”                                                       the National Library of Sweden, the Swiss National Library, the National Library
            The new “space-level dashboard offers access to wikis, blogs, and forums for       of Australia, and the National Library of New Zealand.
         an aggregated view of tools,” he says. For example, simply mouse over the name            In other news, OCLC and Questia Media America, Inc. are linking records in
         of a blogger for a list of his or her recent posts and focus on his or her specific   WorldCat.org to previews of more than 67,000 ebook titles from Questia.com. Users
                                                                                               can now access the table of contents, preview the first 20 pages of a book and the
                                                                                      
				
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Description: Near-Time has now integrated social networking into its enterprise service on the Near-Time platform. Reid Conrad, CEO, says the Enterprise 2.0 collaboration is working well and the most recent enhancements are making it even better. Near-Time's on-demand delivery model lets community managers and members leverage new social networking features in their collaborative spaces and create networks of communities. Conrad says that Near-Time communities can be deployed in minutes, providing high functionality and low cost compared to other collaboration solutions.
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