I posted a book review a couple of weeks ago, a superficial and fluffy piece about a rather good book I got for Christmas, and as a good soldier in the Campaign to Enrich Cooperative Bibliography, I linked the book to its record in OpenWorldCat. I thought initially that I might put my review into the WorldCat Wiki, but lo!… there were already, not one, but TWO reviews there, and one of them was a lot better than I was prepared (ok ok… capable) of writing without enrolling in a graduate program in modern Western literature. So, I linked to the book and left it at that.
The second reason for doing this is to enrich the linking structure of library data. Linking is the currency of attention, and attention is the essence of success on the Web. If we are to “Weave Libraries into the Web” then it must be, in part, through ever-richer linkages among the intellectual products that we create and those we curate. Reviews in Open WorldCat must be harvestable themselves and associated with their referents by links, not just web-page concordance.
The above argument is a long winded way of sneaking my latest book review into my blog. By embodying harvestable links, it will, in a modest way, strengthen the fabric of bibliography. I’ll put it into OWC as well… the competition isn’t so tough for this one.