I've seen the inside of this tech, and I have to say it is really neat and useful. This is a nice tool to have in your toolbox if you want to build machine APIs to systems that don't have machine APIs: Wikipedia, arXiv, CiteSeer, etc.
/me was not paid for this endorsement.
On Jan 18, 2013, at 1:48 PM, Sebastian Hammer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I hope I'll be forgiven for making what is essentially a commercial post
> -- it is just that the subject matter is so much inspired by our work
> with library developers, I'd feel like a chump not to mention it.
> Apologies, then; I will keep it short.
> Basically, we've launched a service for libraries that are building
> portals, mashups, federation, metasearching, whatever needs access to
> remote discovery systems. It is designed to get around the hassle that
> 80% of the things that I usually want to search don't offer SRU, Z39.50,
> or even for that matter a private API. Our service basically exposes
> 'just about anything' that we can possibly get to. We make it available
> to your application through your choice of Z39.50 or SRU. We normalize
> query formats and record representations; we work with custom APIs, deal
> with broken SRU servers and half-broken Z39.50, we screen-scrape, we
> deal with authentication, etc. If we don't already have a connector,
> we'll make one at no extra charge; if it breaks later, we'll fix it.
> Feel free to contact me off-list if you're interested in trying it out.
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