OCS 2.0 is mainly used to promote cooperative cataloguing and avoid duplication of efforts. It is one of the initiatives which helps Institutions to build-up their own catalogue using INFLIBNET’s Union Catalogue (IndCat). It is a middleware that works with LMS Server and IndCat Server. The university library will be able to submit book data directly to the IndCat through OCS. This will help the libraries to avoid delay in submitting the data and real time updates will be displayed on IndCat. The libraries need not to submit offline data by sending MARC21 records or backup files of software.
The development of Union Databases of various library resources i.e. Books, Theses and Serials have been one of the most important activities of the Centre since its inception. In the beginning, the Centre has funded potential universities of the country for creating bibliographic records of their library collections.
The Centre has developed "IndCat: Online Union Catalogue of Indian Universities" that contains bibliographic records of Books, Theses and Serials contributed by participating universities in all disciplines, i.e. Computer Science, Philosophy, Religion, Social Sciences, Technology, Arts, Literature, History and Science.
Currently IndCat Book Database has 1,24,81,085 Unique Records with 1,67,99,091 holding details of 204 Indian Universities, Theses Database has 4,41,683 Unique Ph.D Records of 444 Universities, Serial Database has 35,416 Records of 226 Institutions.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), on recommendation of the INFLIBNET Centre, had given financial aid to 142 universities during IX Plan period and 24 universities during IX/XII Plan periods for automation of their libraries with software and training support from the INFLIBNET Centre.
The Centre proactively helped these universities to automate their libraries. Specialized training programmes were organized on topics related to library automation, standard bibliographic formats, tools and techniques and retro-conversion.