I'm not sure if a COinS with just author information, rather than a
citation to a particular bibliographic resource, is actually of use.
The OpenURL SAP profiles, which COinS works with, wasn't really designed
for that. I'd work up a clear use case before expending development
energy on it.
There might be a better microformat-ish way to embed author information
in a structured way in XML, perhaps RDFa (says he who knows almost
nothing about RDFa).
Karen Coyle wrote:
> Thanks, Eric (and all!) - by non-book you mean other formats (films,
> music, etc.?) OL doesn't have records for those (yet). There is an
> author record, but I'm not sure how it might be used (it doesn't have
> a link to LCNA). I supposed a COinS with the author name and dates
> would be of some use... ? If anyone is interested, the list of
> elements are at: http://openlibrary.org/type
> Each "type" could have its own COinS if it makes sense.
> Eric Hellman wrote:
>> Not just the book pages, I might add! Wikipedia probably has the most
>> non-book COinS deployed; Worldcat is the premier site for book COinS.
>> A recent but impressive addition to the COinSiverse is
>> ResearchBlogging- see
>> On 12/1/08 11:08 AM, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> I have a question to ask for the Open Library folks and I couldn't
>>> figure out where to ask it. This seems like a good place.
>>> Would it be useful to embed COinS in the book pages of the Open
>>> Does anyone think they might make use of them?
>> Eric Hellman, Director OCLC New Jersey
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