Yes, that's correct.
However, if you already offer persistent URLs for item data in one or
more machine-readable formats (like MARC, or DC in XML), the additional
work that needs to be done is likely just a fairly small amount of
'glue' to make those alternate formats discoverable via unAPI. As other
machine-readable formats are made available in the future, they can be
incorporated into the unAPI "glue" advertising them as well. unAPI
makes no requirements about _which_ machine-readable formats are made
available, it's just a way of advertising their association, basically.
Karen Coyle wrote:
> Thanks, Chad, it does help. And I think it helps me understand why I
> was a bit confused by the suggestion, but let me see if I've gotten it:
> I asked about COinS. COinS (drat, hate uplow, from now on just coins)
> is basically just a formatted string imbedded in the html that will be
> used by an external program. There is no service that the OL site
> needs to provide other than popping the context object in there in the
> right format. Very low effort, from the open library's point of view.
> unAPI appears to require some lightweight services that would have to
> be added to the OL site: basically, responding to the three possible
> unapi requests. So we can't *just* add an unAPI to the html pages --
> there's a bit more work that needs to be done.
> Is this correct?
> Chad Fennell wrote:
>> On Dec 2, 2008, at 4:21 PM, Karen Coyle wrote:
>>> I've looked at unAPI, but I can't get a handle on what needs to be
>>> in the <abbr>. What would be useful?
>> I put together a pretty basic unAPI interface (technically, a Drupal
>> module) for our EthicShare project; you can see how the <abbr> tags
>> are used there. Ex:
>> embedded on the page, you'll find things like: <abbr class='unapi-id'
>> There are a few other pieces, but you can see these in action there
>> as well. Ex,
>> http://ethicshare.org/unapi/ -tells clients what formats are
>> available on the sever - I've only implemented RIS so far...
>> http://ethicshare.org/unapi/?id=374360 - tells the client what
>> formats are available for a given resource.
>> http://ethicshare.org/unapi/?id=374360&format=ris - kind of
>> Hope that helps a little...
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The Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University
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