Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Open Library (John Hostage memo)

John Hostage mentioned via Autocat a presentation by Aaron Swartz of the Open Library Project, held at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The project's goal seems to be a wiki-like "Web page for every book," including descriptive metadata and hyperlinks to full-text copies, library holdings, online booksellers, etc.., where available. It is also to include print- and scan-on-demand services and social tagging. Hostage said the audience included the likes of Tim Spalding (Library Thing) and David Weinberger (Everything is Miscellaneous). "Someone even mentioned FRBRoo, the object-oriented model of FRBR that is being developed."

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