Friday, January 20, 2006


Hublog points me to CiteULike today, which looks damned spiffy. It knows if two URIs refer to the same object in some cases. I wonder if it would be useful to create a generic web service that unified urls:
IE, it resolves a urn:isbn: url to an amazon / barnes & noble / etc style url.

Applications of this:
* Ecommerce; identifying products by EAN/UPC barcode if it exists
* Books
* Geo coordinates in URLs to place names (on wikipedia, perhaps)

... it normalises URIs that it knows about, which mean that you can post or or info:pmid/16099373 or even and they'll all be identified as the same object (the first three will be linked by PMID and all four will be linked by DOI). The same applies to books, which are linked by their ISBN.
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