Hey Kyle how the heck are you?
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From: Kyle Banerjee [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 03/14/2008 08:57 AM MST
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] open library
> 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...
It almost seems insane not to do this since adding this tiny bit of
highly useful functionality is trivial.
> 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.
However, I think the business model aspect of any data problem is
interesting because it has an enormous impact on what can be done at
all, what is easy, and what is hard. Some high value data simply costs
a lot to produce on a large scale, and there has to be a way to pay
One thing I'm particularly encouraged by are developments like the
Google API. In a bizarre way, Google can help libraries by diverting
business from them. For example, if a library displays TOCs using the
API, users are more likely to be able to determine whether they need
the book -- reducing the to request the book or obtain it through ILL.
This reduces demand for library services if you're into bean counting
metrics like number of requests. However, it also reduces costs for
the library so resources can be diverted where they can do more good,
helps the user get what s/he really needs, Google gets ad revenue when
the user views the TOC at full size, and presumably, those paying for
the advertising come out OK too. The incentive is to make everything
easy to use, and everyone wins.
Digital Services Program Manager
Orbis Cascade Alliance
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