More on VuFind

I wrote an entry on yufind the other day, noting its use of xISBN to cluster editions in results. yufind is an implementation of VuFind. Here is another example of the clustering: Villanova.

As Till Kinstler points out in a comment, and as William Denton notes in a discussion of the entry on his FRBR blog, this is a feature supported in the standard VuFind distribution.

My colleagues Karen Coombs and Xiaoming Liu sent me some further information. Apparently, the VuFind developers are looking at potential integration also of the Worldcat API and Worldcat Identities.

A companions service to xISBN is xOCLCNUM. This would give better coverage (the ISBN only applies to recent items) but I do not have a good sense of how widely available an OCLC number would be in records of catalogs run by VuFind.

Comments: 2

Jun 07, 2010
Emily Lynema

With regards to integration with Worldcat Identities, this has also been implemented as a pilot in the consortial catalog used by NC State, University of North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina Central.

See 'Related author searches':
http://search.trln.org/search?N=0&Nty=1&Ntk=Author&Ntt=austen

Jun 09, 2010
Wouter Gerritsma

In the Netherlands we make use of a simlar PICA api that uses as input the PPN (Pica Production Number) and returns the OCLC number, which we require to feed the Google API. Don't think this is very thoroughly documented but most (Dutch-)library developers know about this service.
I have described this long time ago at my blog http://wowter.net/?s=ppn

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