High quality metadata drives discovery and access of e-resources. Low quality, inaccurate information leads to low usage. Information about e-resource packages flow from the publisher to its destination, the library catalog. Along the way, information is often subjected to minor alterations which increases the probability of resources being rendered inaccessible to the end user.
In response, publishers are implementing automated data sharing with organizations like OCLC. KBART and MARC files are published to sites where they can be downloaded to the WorldCat knowledge base, and from where the knowledge base is continually updated.
A significant improvement in the data supply chain has been the increased adoption of direct holdings feeds. Traditionally, libraries have had to maintain holdings information manually. Now feeds from publishers support automated workflows and keep collections up-to-date with links for each provider and automatic updates when changes occur. OCLC was the first organization to implement direct holdings feeds, working with publishers like Elsevier to automate data sharing in the WorldShare Platform and surfacing the data in the WorldCat knowledge base to support discovery and access to digital collections.