Minutes: 24th Virtual Meeting of the OKFN Working Group for Open Bibliographic Data

Date: August, 7th 2012, 15:00 GMT

Channels: Meeting was held via Skype and Etherpad


  • Jim Pitman
  • Karen Coyle
  • Naomi Lillie


JISC Open Biblio 2 project coming to close

  • Blog-post write-up of project being finished this week, Mark MacGillivray reporting back to JISC in late September
  • Further funding being explored mainly in terms of related work

ISBNdb http://isbndb.com/

  • Similar to BibJSON
  • Uses other sources, has no explicit license / restrictions
  • API will give 500 returns a day
  • Jim’s example: http://isbndb.com/d/person/pitman_jim/books.html
    • author identity is not working very well – this example contains a book that isn’t Jim’s
  • There is no record without an ISBN – seems to be no information from pre-1970
  • Claims to have 7million books but only 2m authors – FAQs state that records are gleaned from different libraries so duplication is likely
  • Open Library is possibly a better source

Karen’s most recent blog: http://kcoyle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/fair-use-deja-vu.html

  • “The argument that Google has made from the beginning of its book scanning project is that copying for the purpose of providing keyword access to full texts is fair use”
    • HathiTrust has been in court to defend the storing and searching of metadata


Profile photo of Naomi Lillie

About Naomi Lillie

Naomi is Network Director. She lives in Edinburgh and still considers herself an English Literature graduate, although these days she reads for fun. She has a professional background in project management and coordination, and has worked in academia where the closed nature of information was a source of much frustration. She joined the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2011 as Community Coordinator and Foundation Administrator, and has been supporting Network since 2012.
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