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Making Books Apparent

A workshop sponsored by the Internet Archive*
October 19-20, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California

* (By invitation –only)

The Internet Archive, in conjunction with its partners, O’Reilly Media, Threepress, Book Oven, Feedbooks, OLPC, and others, will highlight the development of an open platform for electronic books at a workshop for developers and early implementers.

Making Books Apparent will introduce the Archive’s Bookserver Project, on-going work on the OPDS Catalog specification and enhancements to the Open Library, the largest editable library on the web. The meeting will provide an opportunity to demonstrate and enhance interoperability through collaborative development at an on-site hackfest.


The Bookserver Project enables readers to discover, acquire, and read books. Using a family of existing and new open standards (e.g., OPDS Catalogs), open formats (e.g., EPUB), and open data, Bookserver defines a distributed, web-based approach to allow content creators to publish catalogs of their available works; for customers to find titles from many different publishers and libraries; and for readers to get content onto a wide range of devices.

The catalog format enables search engines to serve as a gateway for basic information about books; allows the information provided by publishers, bookstores, and libraries to be combined and enriched by aggregators such as Internet Archive’s Open Library, Amazon, or Ingram; and encourages bloggers, niche portals, and others to make their own “good reads” sourced from across the book industry.

Publishers, libraries, and reading system developers will demonstrate early Bookserver implementations. Exploration into alternative lending and vending models will also be highlighted.


The largest open source library on the web, Open Library will showcase new interfaces that enable the easy upload of new catalog data into Open Library, with a particular focus on small collections, both institutional and personal.

The Open Library team will demonstrate new collection development services, and a refreshed user interface that will make Open Library a compelling site for the enrichment of book information online, supporting the goal of a web page for every book ever published.

LOCATION. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco CA.

DATE. October 19-20, 2009.

MORE INFORMATION. Please contact peter at archive org

Originally posted on The Open Content Alliance Blog by Peter Brantley.

Written by internetarchive

July 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Posted in News

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