[uf-discuss] Re: [Structuredblogging-discuss] microformat for
books in a library catalog
ehs at pobox.com
Mon Dec 19 21:23:54 PST 2005
We've actually been throwing around some of these on the wiki:
MARC, or MARC21 as it is known after the harmonization of USMARC and
CAN/MARC is a nasty old format from the early 1970s, and not at all
suited to being represented as semantic HTML imho. MODS  is a
reworking of MARC with more meaningful element names and an XML
syntax--but it is still relatively complicated, largely because it's
an outgrowth of MARC itself.
There is quite a bit of interest in the library community in getting
a microformat established for citations. Given its deployment in
libraries around the world I think that the xml encoding for openurl
 represents a well trodden path for encoding citation data in
HTML. It also could lend itself to some really interesting remixing
in blogs where browser extensions extract citations and fire them off
at licensed library databases, your local public library, amazon, a
citation manager, etc.
If there is interest I think we could knock out a draft citation
microformat using the key/encoded-value names from openurl  in
fairly short order.
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