SkyRiver - Jerry Kline takes on OCLC
Jerry Kline is launching a new company called SkyRiver (website launching today). Jerry is the owner and co-founder of Innovative Interfaces. The new company "aims to expand the market and offer an alternative bibliographic utility for cataloging that could save libraries up to 40 percent off their expenditures for bibliographic services."
As reported by Marshall Breeding in the 10/6/09 issue of Library Journal (New Company SkyRiver Sparks Cataloging Competition with OCLC), the "service will compete on quality, not on the size of its bibliographic database alone. They say the initial database has been populated with high-quality MARC records, omitting substandard, skeletal records that often confound cataloging processes."
So, here's my take...the owner of Innovative is creating something with the prime selling points being that it is cheaper than the competition and of higher quality. Hmmmm.