We at the dutch Wikibooks have developed an own system:
(Wiki Standard Book Number)
It is not yet fully developed, but it is not copyrighted and could be a
starting point for an international system.
In my opinion we can set a new standard for internet-books. I think we have
the power to set us apart from paper textbooks and the systems used for
This is not answering your questions, but to let you know that there have
been some Wikians thinking about this as well.
2007/6/15, Cary Bass <cbass(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
I remember a discussion recently regarding the difficulty in cataloging
Wikibooks. That the Dewey Decimal System is copyrighted and we cannot
therefore use it.
I'd like to make an attempt at bringing in volunteers with a skill in
organizing and cataloging to contribute to the discussions and help put
some organization into Wikibooks, more people with a focus on the
community rather than individual projects.
I've been looking for a way to get people encouraged to help out
Wikibooks and this seems like a pretty good in. What I'd need from you
is a page to orient people into this process, as well as Wikibooks as a
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