Quoting Enrico Silterra <[log in to unmask]>:

> my thought on OPDSv would be that perhaps libraries should offer their
> catalogs of ebooks  as opds catalogs -- and 'purchase'  in the opds
> sense would be
> perhaps 'checking out' the ebook? or adding the ebook to one's own
> ebook library as a URL -- not as a download?
> how do folks see this working in the library context?  if at all?

The Internet Archive and Open Library have done an implementation of OPDS:

I'm afraid I don't know more than that, e.g. how it is being used and  
who is making use of it.

My main question is why we need a specific format for this, but I  
think it is needed because there are particular sharing goals that  
would involve ebook publishers, and it had to work in Atom. Personally  
I think that we have plenty of bib metadata already, and it's pretty  
well understood. Perhaps I am wrong about that. It does make me  
nervous when I see formats that are designed only for books, with  
elements like "author". Someone is going to want to use this for some  
other format, for sure, and we'll end up with painters and composers  
and inventors all coded as "author." It doesn't make sense to me to  
create book-centric/exclusive metadata, but in this case that reflects  
the industry that is directly involved, book publishing.

Which brings me to .... I've been involved in various groups that have  
members who are championing a particular set of information resources  
that they care deeply about -- often segments of academic publishing.  
They create metadata schemas that work great for their area of  
interest but they often think that it's just a matter of extending  
that metadata to cover other interests. I don't think it works that  
way, or at least that's not the best way to do things. I look at  
BIBO,[1] which has no elements for sound or movie materials, and that  
lists "map" as a form of illustration. This latter obviously would not  
reflect the view of geography professionals who consider maps the meat  
of their work not a mere illustration. The particular value that I see  
in library metadata is the lack of self-interest and the attempt  
(achieved or not) of treating all resources equally. The 'big picture'  
view of library metadata is not understood, and I've heard folks  
complain that library metadata doesn't reflect their viewpoint. I  
haven't yet figured out how to explain this to them. Ed Summers  
mentioned a call for a manifesto for linked data in his blog,[2] I'd  
like a manifesto for library cataloging -- something very short that  
explains the basic philosophy, and that doesn't use the term 'books'  



> thanks for your ideas!
> rick
> On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On Jul 30, 2011, at 10:05 AM, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
>>> By way of the Code4Lib mailing list and Ed
>> Sh!t Don't you hate when that happens.
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