SeeAlso simplicity

At the ECDL 2008 conference I had the chance to talk to Jakob Voss. His idea of making it very simple (nearly no programming skills required) for libraries to dynamically enrich their catalouge/records with related third party content – like links to Wikipedia – seems very good and much needed. We already dynamically integrate third party content so what really caught my eye was the very nice and clean way Jakob has implemented his SeeAlso link server solution. I will not get into the nitty gritty now but we will certainly take a closer look at this. If you are interested in Jakob’s work you can check out the SeeAlso simple specification and the Open Source reference implementation of SeeAlso server and clients (Perl and JavaScript).

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