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RE: FW: Revision of ISBN / Révision du ISBN

From: LeVan,Ralph <levan@oclc.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 11:37:48 -0500
Message-ID: <E5431CF93E29F9478878F623E5B9CE9805E8D34F@oa3-server.oa.oclc.org>
To: 'Dan Brickley' <danbri@w3.org>, "ZIG Mailing List (E-mail)" <www-zig@w3.org>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Brickley [mailto:danbri@w3.org]
> Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 10:48 AM
> 
> Implementors have been unsure as to whether it is
> reasonable to merge descriptions when they see
> they same URI, since it is said  that ISBNs have
> on frequent occasion been re-assigned/re-cycles).

I'm afraid that ISBN is a most undependable unique identifier.  We've got
examples of publishers who use the same number on all their publications.
This is obviously an error, but not one that will be corrected.

Ralph
Received on Thursday, 4 March 2004 11:37:50 GMT

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