ISBN – International Standard Book Number. This identifies a separately tradable product in the book supply chain. ISTC – International Standard Text Code. This identifies a piece of text. It does not identify tradable products. ISNI – International Standard Name Identifier. This identifies a name – of a person or an organization. SAN – Standard… Continue reading A Helpful Glossary of Identifiers in the Information Supply Chain
In a busy house, weekends are largely about Getting Ready For the Week. The interminable laundry. The changing of the bunny cage. Dog-grooming. And, lately, cooking and putting up food. When I was married, the food was my responsibility. Eventually I worked out a system whereby I made five meals on a Saturday night, and… Continue reading Bustling
Today was one of those days – where I was immersed, engaged, deeply involved in moving projects forward. And then it was 5:00, and time to work out; and then it was snowing, and time to drive home. And then I hit the Newark Bay Bridge. I have a love-hate relationship with that bridge. It’s… Continue reading Buzz buzz buzz
Rick Smith, who (a) manages the MyIdentifiers and other platforms at Bowker (b) works next to me (c) is the other person in my foxhole…put this on the wall between our desks. Because of this sign at my desk: Check your kittens.
Brian O’Leary had a fantastic post yesterday about book piracy and the ongoing insistence that it’s a categorically bad thing. The fact is, no one has any idea whether or not it’s a bad thing because only one publishing company in the history of publishing or companies has ever agreed to empirically test that assertion. One is… Continue reading Control
The thing I like best about product management is that it requires you to be a generalist. And I really like knowing something about everything. But today it was brought home to me that managing product development in this day and age is very different than it was even six years ago. In this instance,… Continue reading Adventures in Product Management
In mid-March of 2006, NISO convened a roundtable of experts and thought leaders in digital resources, at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of this meeting was to establish some consensus around the use of identifiers for text, video, music, and other media in the digital realm. In breakout discussions, three… Continue reading A thought on identifiers and books