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Re: Open Library provides API to access 13.4 million books

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 13:55:34 -0400
Message-ID: <482DCA96.2020801@openlinksw.com>
To: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
CC: Rob Styles <rob.styles@talis.com>, public-lod@w3.org, Alexis Rossi <alexis@archive.org>, Kahle Brewster <brewster@archive.org>, Chris Bizer <chris@bizer.de>

Aaron Swartz wrote:
> Exactly. We've still got a few more million records to import, so we
> were planning to wait until that was finished before we did the dumps.
>
> Still, if people want to look at the output of the JSON APIs and
> brainstorm about what the right RDF schema for the data would be, that
> would be great and we can try publishing it for some test data on our
> own servers.
>   

Aaron,

I believe you must have looked at the Bibliographic Ontology [1], right? 
If I recall, you've had some conversation with Frederick Giasson and 
some of the other members of this effort in the past.

Links:

1. http://bibliontology.com/



Kingsley
> On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 3:36 AM, Rob Styles <rob.styles@talis.com> wrote:
>   
>> Isn't it just crying out for it! :-)
>>
>> 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
>> mobile: +44 (0)7971 475 257
>> msn: mmmmmrob@yahoo.com
>> blog: http://www.dynamicorange.com/blog/
>> irc: irc.freenode.net/mmmmmrob,isnick
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 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-cataloging-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 Universit├Ąt Berlin
>>> +49 30 838 54057
>>> chris@bizer.de
>>> www.bizer.de
>>>
>>>       
>>
>>     


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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	      Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
President & CEO 
OpenLink Software     Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
Received on Friday, 16 May 2008 17:56:14 UTC

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