by Darius Kazemi, October 13 2019
Network all the libraries
The technical content
Georgetown University is building a digital catalog for their holdings, and the author floats the possibility of making this catalog searchable on the ARPANET.
He also suggests designing a general system to query all libraries everywhere that he calls the “Network Library Information System”. He asks interested parties to contact him.
This is........ not a small task. To get a sense of how difficult this problem is (and I imagine that Forman, not being a library scientist, had little idea of the true difficulty), you can read about this history of the library catalog in American Libraries Magazine.
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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.