Una delle funzionalità più interessanti sviluppate da OCLC è xISBN, “a library web service that supplies International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) associated with individual intellectual works represented in the OCLC WorldCat database. Give it an ISBN, and it returns a list of associated ISBNs.
Developed by the OCLC Office of Research, this experimental, proof of concept project:
- explores the value of WorldCat for intellectual work-related data
- tests the effectiveness OCLC Research’s FRBR Work-Set Algorithm, a freely available algorithm developed by OCLC Research to implement the FRBR model (a model for grouping bibliographic records)
- helps OCLC and other agencies experiment with web services-based query optimization
- provides basic functionality on which the OCLC Research library lookup bookmarklet is based.”
Library Thing, sito di social tagging dedicato al mondo dei libri, propone qualcosa di molto simile, e anche, se possibile, di più emotivamente evoluto: thingISBN, “LibraryThing’s answer to xISBN. Under the hood, xISBN is a test of FRBR, a highly-developed, well thought-out way for librarians to model bibliographic relationships. By contrast, thingISBN is based on LibraryThing’s everyone a librarian idea of bibliographic modeling. Users combine works as they see fit. If they make a mistake, other users can separate them. It’s a less nuanced and more chaotic way of doing things, but can yield some useful results.”