On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM, Tim Spalding <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I think OL is torn between a number of ideas, one being a "web page
> for every book, some with scans" and another being a free, open
> fielded wiki for cataloging data.
> I find the former pretty uninteresting. We don't need Wikipedia again.
> And when it comes to scans, Google's different—and I think
> correct—approach to scanning in-copyright works is the killer ap.
I think there is still a lot of potential to make machine readable
metadata available at the same URIs that provide human readable
bibliographic descriptions. For example if you could:
curl --header "Accept: application/rdf+xml" http://worldcat.org/oclc/122291427
curl --header "Accept: application/rdf+xml"
and take the resulting graphs and merge them, compare them, etc... And
make assertions like:
I think this is an area where OpenLibrary can afford to experiment a
bit, and break new ground--without having to worry (like you and OCLC)
about a business model.