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Re: Open Library provides API to access 13.4 million books

From: Tom Heath <Tom.Heath@talis.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 14:39:33 +0100
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Sent on behalf of Rob, whose mails aren't making it through to the list for some reason...

Tom.

Begin forwarded message:
> From: Rob Styles <Rob.Styles@talis.com>
> Date: 16 May 2008 13:50:23 BST
> To: public-lod@w3.org
> Cc: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>, Alexis Rossi <alexis@archive.org>, 
> Kahle Brewster <brewster@archive.org>, Chris Bizer <chris@bizer.de>
> Subject: Re: Open Library provides API to access 13.4 million books
>
> Isn't it just crying out for it! :-)
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> We (Talis) donated 5.7 million bibliographic records to the data at 
> Open Library earlier in the year and have been talking to them about 
> several ways we can help the project further. We've been talking to 
> them a whole lot about minting URIs, some based on my Semantic Marc 
> work and also the existing OL URIs for things.
>
> At the moment the raw contributed data is available for download from 
> Internet Archive, but the processed, de-duped version (which OL have 
> in ThingDB) is not yet available. Aaron says they'll be making that 
> available soon. The plan is that once that's available we'll host a 
> Linked Data version, with the usual content negotiation patterns with 
> links to RDF output and the HTML and full-texts on openlibrary.org.
>
> :->
>
> Rob Styles
> Programme Manager, Data Services, Talis
> tel: +44 (0)870 400 5000
> fax: +44 (0)870 400 5001
> direct: +44 (0)870 400 5004
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> msn: mmmmmrob@yahoo.com
> blog: http://www.dynamicorange.com/blog/
> irc: irc.freenode.net/mmmmmrob,isnick
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> On 16 May 2008, at 09:42, Chris Bizer wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I just saw this on programmable web:
>>
>> The Open Library has released an API now providing access to metadata 
>> about 13.4 million books, including over 234,000 records with 
>> full-text for the book. See:
>>
>> http://blog.programmableweb.com/2008/05/16/open-library-api-catalogin
>> g-13-million-books/
>>
>> Does anybody know if they are also working on a Linked Data interface 
>> to their catalog?
>>
>> If not, this API really cries for a Linked Data wrapper :-)
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> Chris
>>
>>
>> --
>> Chris Bizer
>> Freie Universitšt Berlin
>> +49 30 838 54057
>> chris@bizer.de
>> www.bizer.de
>>
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