WorldCat, the world’s largest library catalog, has launched a new interactive tool that lets users visually explore the catalog, specifically the relationships between WorldCat “Identities.” A WorldCat Identity can be a person (an author or a fictional or non-fictional character, for example), a thing (an animal or a boat, for example), or a corporation.
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A screenshot from the WorldCat Identity Network. Click to visit the full interactive version.
Using these Identity Maps, users will be able to see how these subject-based identities are interconnected. For example, they could see relationships between authors and their characters, but also relationships between authors and between subjects. Below each Identity Map, the tool also gives a list of relevant titles found in WorldCat.
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