Moderated by Eric Hellman, Director of Openly Informatics at OCLC

Notes from the discussion:

To understand the definition of "grid services," think of how electricty is managed as grids in urban areas. Generally there are several different services that need to come together to create a comprehensive electrical infrastructure for the town. Similarly, the phrase "grid services" is being used in the computing world to denote how several different "machines" come together to create a greater computing infrastructure. Examples in the library world are OAI - Open Archives Initiative.

Question: what machine-to-machine services do libraries need, what service can libraries provide.

digital repositories? already have OAI-PMH, for example, but things like OAIster don't meet needs of e.g. image archives.
knowing what is digitized? a potential service libraries can expose.

pulling together disparate sources
what does grid mean? - analogy to electrical grid- stuff comes out of the socket- you don't think how it gets there.

example services
xisbn - real
xlccn - desired
oclcnum - desired

real time availability exposed by libraries- could be exposed in many places

NCIP, NCIP2 - check in checkout books. standards need to be more widely implemented.

multiple versions, relationships.
FRBR, related ontologies.
how is FRBR implemented? RDF or what? (or what.)
traditional cataloguing- item manifestation info

federated tagging, aggregation of tag/review/social metadata etc.

Grid services in music:

transactional data

(terminology services)
  • place names grouping (Istanbul, Constantople, Byzantium)
  • temporal resolver- dates
  • OFAF - old fashioned authority files

google - is access to data (machine) services shrinking??

keys to APIs? are they OK? no one likes them but if the API is good, it's a price willing to pay.