Oh, yeah. Here we go. Now we’re cooking with ambiguity. The DOI is a slippery thing to grasp, and the user manual is a skillion pages long. The DOI is the digital object identifier. Yes, it identifies digital objects. It also digitally identifies objects that may not themselves be digital but may have a digital… Continue reading It’s Not Just ISBNs Anymore: DOI
The ISNI is a newly-ratified standard – ISNI stands for International Standard Name Identifier. It’s 16 digits – 15 numbers and a check digit (which could be an X). It looks something like this: ISNI 1244 5677 8198 0239 Here’s what it’s for: Names. Yeah, seriously. It’s for assigning to names of people – specifically,… Continue reading It’s Not Just ISBNs Anymore: ISNI
As more content gets digitized – as more books get digitized and made searchable, and book metadata refers to many, many kinds of products – it’s necessary to use other identifiers to help organize all that information and make it find-able. The ISBN only goes so far – it unambiguously identifies an edition of a… Continue reading It’s Not Just ISBNs Anymore: ISTC
Someone at metadata subcommittee meeting years back, asking about ONIX: “Why was this tag deprecated?” Response: “Because it was simple and easy to use.”
Message from an ONIX recipient: Dear Publishers, ONIX is not your internal database. No, really, it’s not. Just because you have a field in your database for your own private use doesn’t mean anyone outside your company gives a shit about it. No, really. Seriously. We. Don’t. Care. Or to paraphrase [redacted in the Metadata… Continue reading ONIX for Publishers
On Apr 26, 2012, at 11:42 AM, [redacted] wrote: <ThesisType> <ThesisPresentedTo> <ThesisYear> Oh wait, it’s called “ONIX for Books”. Gosh, I would never have guessed that from reading the product record documentation. From: Laura Dawson Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:44 AM To: [redacted] Subject: Re: onix for universities… Well, there is that whole thing about what is… Continue reading ONIX for…Wait, What Is A Book Anyway?