On 18/02/2013 16:01, Karen Coyle wrote:
“Book as API”
on how a well-formed book becomes a data source.
This is a really good example of how printed text can take on new uses as data and just as important, shows what information people are interested in, in this case, the story of Dracula. I note that nowhere do I see anything resembling WEMI or the FRBR bibliographic relationships.
In the Dracula Dissected site (http://www.lookagain.me.uk/draculadissected/) “Sources” refers to things such as letters and diaries, not bibliographic sources. There is a section “Keywords” and it could be supplemented with the word cloud generated from the copy of Dracula in Google Books, e.g. http://books.google.it/books?id=sn9W2cLuhxYC&dq=dracula+stoker&source=gbs_navlinks_s. (Scroll down a bit) There is also the ngram viewer, where I searched Dracula vs Frankenstein http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=dracula%2Cfrankenstein&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=. Strangely enough, it appears that Dracula went out of style from the 1940s to the mid 1960s and then went viral. Frankenstein has remained relatively steady during that same time.
There is another example that I have thought is rather intriguing, Doris Lessing’s “The Golden Notebook” http://thegoldennotebook.org/ which includes comments, but not from all and sundry, although there is a separate forum. For instance, it actually uses paging. It would be interesting to find out if anyone who teaches this novel has referred to this site and it they have found it useful.