A list of small, experimental databases from OCLC Research can be found


I know for a fact that WorldCat is available via SRU, but they've never
given me the address of the server and they don't advertise it anywhere
that I can find.  If you're interested, you might try contacting either
the FirstSearch Marketing or Support folks directly.





From: SRU (Search and Retrieve Via URL) Implementors
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Shivram Rajamanickam
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 6:34 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Need SRW/SRU Targets



We are involved in the development of an open source project ASK funded
by JISC, which can perform a federated search, compliant with a range of
internationally recognised interoperability specifications  like
z39.50s, SRW/SRU. We  also developed a simple tool that implements this
search service and has been built in to a web page for creating reading
lists. You can try this here,

Currently, this tool is searching just a limited set of z39.50s servers
(mainly oxford university library catalogue) but we also need to search
more SRW/SRU servers so as to test our system and also for creating
reading lists.

Therefore, we would like to set up this tool to search your database so
that the users can build their reading lists that includes references to
items that you store. To be able to do this, we need your SRW/SRU server
url and any other relevant details to configure our tool to be able to
search the resources in your database. If there are any problems with
the connection, we will try to work out what they are and may be here we
need your help since we don't have access to information about the
interface that resides on your server.

Finally to emphasize, this is an open source development, all code and
the connection configuration file will be made freely available through
sourceforge and our own project web wiki:


If you would like to talk more about this I or my manager (Howard Noble)
can call you at a time convenient to you.



Shivram Rajamanickam, LTG Software Developer
Oxford University Computing Services
13, Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN.
Tel: (01865) 283674 web: