Greasemonkey, Silkworm and xISBN

silkworm.pngxISBN is another web service we provide. It takes an ISBN of an item as input and returns ISBNs for other items in the same work-set. So, it is a way of finding ISBNs for multiple editions, translations or other versions of the same work.
It has proven to be popular in several applications areas. For one that can be easily tried out at home, check out our FRBR Bookmarklets.
One of the parties to use it has been Talis in their Silkworm initiative. In particular, they have a greasemonkey application which takes an ISBN on a page, augments it with alternative ISBNs using xISBN, and then carries out other actions on the ISBNs. See the walkthrough demo [Silkworm Threadster] and a more general presentation [ppt] – from which the above image is taken – discussing it.

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  1. What really seemed to stun delegates, at the Talis Research day, was the ease with which the Greasemonkey and GoogleMaps demonstrations were assembled. Using the Silkworm platform to both create the application and interweave OCLC�s excellent xISBN service into it took just a few days work.
    Director of the JISC Common Information Environment, Paul Miller, was one of the delegates and has provided a good overview of the day on his blog ( You can also find out more about project Silkworm at

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