At Plum Analytics, we are constantly adding metrics and features to help our users get a thorough picture of research, researchers and the groups to which they belong. To that end, the PlumTM Analytics product, PlumX, is now utilizing the OCLC WorldCat API to capture library holdings. Giving access to library holdings data will help librarians, researchers and others to fully understand the impact of work especially in disciplines where book and book chapters represent a significant amount of research output. The seamless integration between PlumX and WorldCat helps scholars not only know how many books have been sold, but how many academic institutions hold those books for scholarship.
The picture below shows a book that is tracked in PlumX. One of the authors is a researcher at The Smithsonian who is a Plum Analytics Customer.
At the bottom of the page you can see the metrics associated with the book. Pay particular attention to the “Usage” category.
By looking at the Holdings count it shows that 80 copies of this book are owned by WorldCat libraries. If you click on that 80, you are taken to a WorldCat page where you can drill into their information about the book.
When you scroll down the page you can see the list of holdings that OCLC WorldCat has for this book.
You can use your Browser back button to go seamlessly between PlumX and WorldCat. This gives your researchers, librarians and others at your institution a fully functional way to investigate the impact of research.
Click to see OCLC’s announcement about our partnership.