[XML-SIG] Spec for marking book reviews on the Web
Martin v. Loewis
Tue, 14 Aug 2001 21:53:45 +0200
> The goal is to finish the spec and then write a crawler that will find
> book reviews, assembling them all into one big database. I'd be
> interested in getting suggestions on the spec, and pointers to any
> relevant standards that could be used to simplify it.
I'm not an expert on OPACs (online public access catalogs), but I
think a review should provide information similar to the book as you'd
find it in a library catalog.
There is plenty of precedent on this area already: ANSI Z39.50 is an
access protocol to such catalogs. In Z39.50, books are described by
attribute sets. I'm not sure whether there are standard attribute sets
also, but it appears that there are atleast de-facto attribute sets,
like Bib-1 .
In fact, Book Review Digest offers a Z39.50 access to their database
, so you may want to look how they organize reviews.
There are apparently various approaches of representing Z39.50 data in
XML, e.g. using XER, RDF, SOAP; I'll leave have to leave that research
to you. It also appears that people are going the other direction as
well: allowing queries on XML files using a Z39.50 wire protocol.
As for appropriateness of this forum: I feel comfortable with such
discussions being held here - although people dealing with books by
profession are probably better to interview on this specific