PatREST to Include OCLC Audience Level Data

I’ve updated AADL’s PatREST interface to reflect an addition I’ve made to the PatREST specification (now 1.3). This addition takes advantage of OCLC’s Audience Level indicator. OCLC makes this information available via an XML web service. From their service page:

There are a variety of ways to characterize library materials. The type of reader believed to be interested in a particular item is one. Such an indicator, generally known as the audience level, is potentially useful for a variety of activities, including the development of new ways to improve information relevance for retrieval, reference services (including readers advisory) and collection development. Audience-level filters could be implemented in existing retrieval systems to assist users in finding content based on their information needs.

This is not the first OCLC service PatREST has taken advantage of. PatREST has been incorporating data from OCLC’s xISBN service for quite some time. By pulling in the data they make available, the data PatREST is able to return becomes significantly more valuable.

Because AADL’s PatREST implementation relies heavily upon III’s XML server, I’ve added OCLC’s Audience Level functionality to the PHP XMLOPAC class code which is freely available from my files page or you can directly grab it right here.

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