There’s more details on the Labs blog, but timed with our Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, we’ve opened up RDF metadata for all of our books, and have also brought the open source Bookworm ebook reader into O’Reilly Labs. It’s a great way to read any of our ebooks (more than 400 are now available as ebook bundles from oreilly.com) online and from a mobile phone:
The experimental “O’Reilly Product Metadata Interface” (OPMI) exposes RDF for all of O’Reilly’s titles, organized by ISBN. Here’s a snippet of the RDF metadata for iPhone: The Missing Manual, 2e from the OPMI at http://opmi.labs.oreilly.com/product/9780596521677:
<?xml version="1.0"?> <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"> <om:Product xmlns:om="http://purl.oreilly.com/ns/meta/" rdf:about="urn:x-domain:oreilly.com:product:9780596521677.BOOK" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/terms/" xml:lang="en"> <dc:isFormatOf rdf:resource="urn:x-domain:oreilly.com:product:955988693.IP"/> <dc:issued>2008-08-13</dc:issued> <dc:creator> <rdf:Seq rdf:ID="creator"> <rdf:li rdf:resource="urn:x-domain:oreilly.com:agent:pdb:350"/> </rdf:Seq> </dc:creator> <dc:rightsHolder>David Pogue</dc:rightsHolder> <dc:description>The new iPhone 3G is here, and bestselling author David Pogue is back with a thoroughly updated edition of <em>iPhone: The Missing Manual</em>. With its faster downloads, touch-screen iPod, and best-ever mobile Web browser, the new affordable iPhone is packed with possibilities. But without an objective guide like this one, you'll never unlock all it can do for you. Each custom designed page helps you accomplish specific tasks for everything from web browsing, to new apps, to watching videos.</dc:description> <dc:extent>376 pages</dc:extent> <dc:type rdf:resource="http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/PhysicalObject"/> <dc:format>6 x 9 in</dc:format> ...
The URLs are structured by ISBN13. Once you have the
ISBN13for an O’Reilly book, you can get the full metadata via HTTP request to:http://opmi.labs.oreilly.com/product/ISBN13
To get you started, here’s direct links to the public RDF for our current top-5 bestsellers:
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