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Ed Summers

This is pretty cool stuff Thom. I wonder if you've all considered making the URLs cool so that people could use them as identifiers in their data.

Response: We'll be creating some simpler ways to link to the pages, but the URL as shown in the browser should (almost always) be good until the whole service gets moved somewhere else. --Th

Roy Tennant

As I probably told you when I saw you last week, this is so cool! I like the way we can mine the data in the collective catalog to create interesting and useful ways for people to discover and use bibliographic information. One minor bug report, though. Using quotes in a search (to force a phrase search, as we are now accustomed to do) throws a Java exception.

P. Melanchthon

How is it Rowling didn't make the top 100 tag cloud?


Excelent stuff! Well designed, looks good, gives relevant information, makes me want to read my old story books all over again. Congrats to all of you; this is in some sense a quantum leap for library systems, and not a moment to late, either.

Rebekka Kinimond

This looks really interesting. Good job.

I especially like the visual timeline and the related names feature. The timeline feature really contains a lot of information that is easily gleaned from the way it is presented and the related names feature is not only close to what people have become used to from commercial enterprises - it also makes a lot of sense in this particular context.

Clean interface and easy to use - what more could we ask for?

James Ray Bowman

When I entered my name in the search box in the inverted form customary for a library search: Bowman, James Ray I got hits for the surname Ray! If the name is to be entered in direct order an instruction to do so would be helpful.

Response: While that might be possible for some names, I'm not seeing it for this search. All the names seem to have surname of Bowman.


James Ray Bowman

I got hits for the surname Ray because I omitted a comma after Bowman. I just confirmed that. Sorry.

James Ray Bowman

I would like to add that a search in the Library of Congress Authorities File works either with or without a comma after a beginning surname. So does a search in the catalog of the Arlington County Public Library in Arlington, VA. I suggest your
system should do likewise.

Peter Schouten

Looks clean, useful and fun. It also brings forward, of course, mistakes made in a variety of catalogues. Is it an option to add a 'virtual merge', so results on a page can be combined with the preferred heading?

If I search for [Verhoeven, Paul] I get 16 results.
#1 is the preferred heading
#2 is a mix between 2 directors, one German and one same as #1
#3 is a wrong year of birth, same as #1
#4 has extra qualifier, same as #1
#10 has misspelling, same as #1

Would be great if it could also be used to correct widespread mistakes.

Owen Stephens

It is interesting that composers feature so heavily - but what does it mean? I guess from your comment about how the calculation is done, then the answer is that it means most works of music have many more multiple manifestations than literary works?

This makes sense, as we can see immediately that each work will have a written score, and a performance - but because every performance is unique then it seems likely there are many manifestations on the performance side.

If I'm right about this, then I start to wonder - why aren't more of the top 100 composers. Also suprised at the number of names I've never heard of on the list - may just be my ignorance of course, but Adler, Greeley, LaHaye - none of these are familiar to me.


Question for you: how much of Worldcat is in the Identities project? If a sample, what percentage of Worldcat? Looks great and really an interesting way to use Worldcat.

Response: That's a difficult question to answer. We look at all the records, so every unique name (after normalization and some cross references) have a page and they are all reflect to a certain extent (e.g. in the counts for the timeline and languages). I would guess that there are citations for a large percentage of works, especially if they were weighted by library holdings, but I don't have a count. --Th

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