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Re: [open-bibliography] ANN: British National Bibliography

From: William Waites <ww@eris.okfn.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:10:01 +0100
To: Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk>
Cc: List for Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data <open-bibliography@lists.okfn.org>, public-lod@w3.org
Message-ID: <20101122191001.GU60158@styx.org>
(trimming the Cc a little bit but as Peter rightly points out we
should probably trim it further for continued discussion)

* [2010-11-22 17:33:33 +0000] Richard Light <richard@light.demon.co.uk> écrit:

] Absolutely, though lets hope it's a random error and not something 
] systematic.  I went to download the file in question to have a look, but 
] as it's a 450MB XML document, which Firefox is gallantly trying to load 
] for me to read, I suspect I will fail.  Any chance of these resources 
] being offered as zip files?

The cleaned record, which I would agree should not be deleted but
superceded, can be retrieved as


So what do we do about this? If it won't appear in further corrected
data from the BL, we should mint a new URI for it. This might be
directly in bibliographica.org. The identifier/slug shouldn't be used
because that's the BNB identifier. Easiest thing is just to make a

So if you do a search now you'll see two records for that book, the
incorrect one from the original data and a hand-made one based on that
record and what I could easily find with google.

So the new record is at:


(anyone with a suggestion about how to make better identifiers please
pipe up).

As far as downloading the source data, I would suggest using wget(1).

William Waites
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