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Re: GooglePriint unique identifiers?

I saw a presentation on Google Print at the Charleston Conference.  In my
notes I have that the presenter said that a link to World Cat appears on
every record but I could only find the link on one title after viewing
many.  My theory is that if it's for sale somewhere, they won't display
the library link.  Well, it still says "beta" on the logo.
Linda Blake
Electronic Journals Coordinator/ Science Librarian
West Virginia University Libraries
304.293-4040 ext. 4462

>>> eric@openly.com 11/09/05 6:34 PM >>>

yes I get those titles.

looks to me like a base-64 hash of a database record. There are numerous
advantages to generating identifiers this way, all of them very well known
to the computer science community, all of them universally ignored in the
library and information industry. If you're curious, that leaves 4.7
billion trillion identifiers.

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At 5:13 PM -0500 11/8/05, Hamaker, Chuck wrote:

>Would some of you check to see if the url's below give you the same
>titles I get from google print. I think, but don't know, that Google is
>using a random unique 12 digit identifier for individual books. Here's a
>brief list of some I've found so far. Please let me know if you get the
>same books If there is a unique identifier for each book then it seems to
>me that some of us might want to investigate putting google links in our
>opacs. Does anyone know if these are stable? Some of the google print
>functionalities aren't real stable at the moment, particularly the find
>in a library function was problematic for me. And at least one of these
>titles did not show a "find this book in a library" link to Open
>WorldCat.  These are JUST from searching for public domain titles. The
>Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps did not have
>an OCLC/find in a library type link as far as I can tell.