xISBN and composition

We have been pleasantly surprised at the uses people have made of xISBN. This is a web service which on input of an ISBN returns ISBNs in the same work set. It is an outgrowth of our work on FRBR. A partial list of people who have looked at it or incorporated it in services follows below, compiled by my colleage Eric Childress. We would be very interested in hearing from others who have used it. We know that there are other users out there, but did not have something to point to which says something about what they are doing with it. We plan to release a couple more web services along similar lines in coming weeks and it will be interesting to see whether they are similarly useful. More of that anon.

Uses are generally examples of 'light-weight service composition', a phrase used by Jon Udell the other day when talking about his latest Library Lookup work. He incorporates xISBN. The service is stitched easily into other environments.

Jon Udell - Library lookup

John Blyberg - PatREST

Annette Bailey - LibX Virginia Tech Edition

Brian Foy, et al - Business::ISBN

Casey Bisson - XMLOOPAC

Imperial College London - an example of the FRBR bookmarklet

Dave Pattern - University of Huddersfield Library

Ross Singer - Wag the dog web localizer

Seattle Public - check the comments on this entry.

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Jan 27, 2006
Ryan Shaw


Jan 30, 2006

does OCLC have any interest in doing something similar with ISSNs?

Feb 02, 2006
Lorcan Dempsey

xISSN has been suggested in several contexts and would be useful. Thom discussed the possibility a while ago noting some complexities.

It is under consideration but there is nothing available at the moment.

Mar 25, 2006
Dave Pattern

Just you let you know I've finally gotten around to incorporating xISBN into our live OPAC (using Ajax):