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Organisation profile

OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large.

Activites in AI field

OCLC maintains the largest bibliographic dataset (WorldCat) and develops ML / AI tools for better collection management and discovery experience. OCLC Research has set a research agenda outlining the technical, organizational and social challenges in operationalizing data science, machine learning and AI in the library.

Contribution to the NL AIC

OCLC has been creating, testing, and scaling programs to promote libraries and the library industry for many years. Within the framework of the NL AI Coalition, OCLC can contribute in several areas: knowledge sharing thanks to the power of the OCLC network, technology expertise (including AI / machine learning), research & development capacity.


OCLC, in collaboration with libraries and relevant stakeholders (publishers, library-related organizations, universities, governments, etc.), aims to further develop the library data value-chain for better service delivery experience. The NL AIC can offer fertile soil and act as a catalyst for cooperation in this field.


Participation date
Building blocks & Sectors
Type of participant

Building blocks

The NL AIC collaborates on the necessary common knowledge and expertise, resulting in five themes, also called building blocks. Those are important for a robust impact in economic and social sectors.


AI is a generic technology that is ultimately applicable in all sectors. For the development of knowledge and experience in the use of AI in the Netherlands, it is essential to focus on specific industries that are relevant to our country. These industries can achieve excellent results, and knowledge and experience that can be leveraged for application in other sectors.

    Become a participant

    The Netherlands AI Coalition is convinced that active collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders is essential to stimulate and connect initiatives in Artificial Intelligence. Within fields of expertise and with other stakeholders in the ecosystem to achieve the most significant result possible in the development and application of AI in the Netherlands. Representatives from the business community (large, small, start-up), government, research and educational institutions and civil society organisations can participate.
    Interested? For more information, see the page about participation.