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== Background ==
On 5-Nov-2008, OCLC announced the Policy for Use and Transfer of
WorldCat® Records to replace the Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records. The goals of the policy, as described by OCLC, were "to modernize record use and transfer practices for application on the Web, foster new uses of WorldCat data that benefit members and clarify data sharing rights and restrictions." This new policy generated considerable discussion in the library community, including two petitions, several trade publication articles, and over 80 blog posts with related comments.
On 13-Jan-2009, OCLC announced a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship with a charge to: consult with librarians and member representatives as appropriate; review reports, letters and comments including blog and listserv messages from the global library community regarding the revised Policy; and recommend principles of shared data creation and changes in the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records that will preserve the community around WorldCat infrastructure and services, and strengthen libraries. The review board is to present a preliminary report at the February meeting of the OCLC Members Council and a final draft of the report at the May Members Council meeting. The final report is to be submitted to the OCLC Board of Trustees following the May meeting. The implementation of a new policy is not set to occur prior to the third quarter of 2009.