Karen - I've been wondering about this lately, digging around in code at github, noticing a lot of somewhat aging commit dates, etc. I am joining the ol-tech list and will ask there, too, but given your history with the project, do you have a sense of whether IA folks might welcome a modest influx of attention from willing volunteers to help maintain and improve the service?
On Jan 22, 2013, at 12:44 PM, Karen Coyle wrote:
> There is an open library list: [log in to unmask] and some API users do answer there. However, Open Library is not currently staffed/supported by the Archive. It's kept running but I'm not clear on the future.
> On 1/21/13 5:04 PM, David Fiander wrote:
>> I'm working on a project that involves collecting information about the
>> books that people own, and the easiest way to do most of that data
>> collection is to collect just the ISBNs for those books that have them, and
>> photograph the title pages of the books that don't. This gets me out of
>> people way quickly and lets me do my data processing later.
>> I've asked OCLC about the requirements for getting an affiliate ID for
>> using their APIs for the project, but while I'm waiting for that, I'm
>> looking at the Open Library APIs.
>> The documentation for the APIs is weak, and it looks like it hasn't been
>> updated for a while. Has anybody used them much, or know what the state of
>> ongoing development of them is?
>> All I'm really looking for at this point is a way to convert an ISBN into
>> basic bibliographic data, and to find any related ISBNs, a la OCLC's xISBN
>> - David
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