For the app to work well it needs to reference reliable sources of bibliographic data. Already in progress is some code that is capable of pulling bibliographic data from the University’s library system Aleph via the XService API. But more are needed.
The question we need to answer is which sources to concentrate our efforts on in terms of 3rd party services to lookup ISBN numbers.
Initial feedback from members of the team and other developers in the University are as follows:
“I would rank Amazon below COPAC and British Library for bibliographic record accuracy as it is primarily for buying books which are in print, and the older out of print records are often sketchy ‘marketplace’ records.”
“Some 3rd party options.”
“I used COPAC and Amazon. However you ought to be able to use the British Library national bibliographic records now they’re open.”
These initial recommendations have given us a good starting point. We’ll discuss, test and feedback on findings in a later post.