Hi Merrilee,

That is wonderful! Will there be a way to convert edition IDs into work IDs?

At some point the book infobox should be modified to show both work and edition info, so it is definitely useful to get ready for that.

Do you plan to run bots to import these identifiers?


On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM, Proffitt,Merrilee <proffitm@oclc.org> wrote:

Hi all,


Some of you have known about this project which has been in the works for some time – works IDs. For those of you who did know about it, they have been released. Huzzah!




For those of you who are scratching your heads and wondering why this is important or how it might be useful, I offer you a great example:




Right now, the convention in InfoBox Book, etc. is to note the ISBN and other IDs associated with the first edition of a work. Although this is useful, in an information retrieval context it is not as useful as it might be – adding one or more work IDs to the mix would be useful because the work ID can bring back more information about editions published in different locations, on different dates, etc.




I’m curious to hear what you think. Are these identifiers useful in the Wikimedia world? Right now OCLC numbers are used, as are VIAF ids, and Dewey numbers.





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