Literature as a (Web) Service

Peter Brantley (BookServer Project)
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The explosion of publications on the web, in combination with
increasingly ubiquitous broadband networks, accessible from
ever-more mobile computing platforms, leads us to consider how
literature might serve as a collection of data to enable new
services on the web. Publishing is becoming not merely a
producer of short story collections, essays, and treatises,
but an entry point into new opportunities for machine-enabled
applications. Hypothetical examples discussed include the
integration of online book repositories into wikipedia, and
enabling the availability of all published non-fiction as a
set of queryable-facts in any major world language.

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Peter Brantley

BookServer Project

Peter Brantley is the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based not for profit library. He contributes regularly to several blogs on libraries and publishing, discussing transformations in media and information access. He serves on the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards setting body for digital books. Peter has significant experience with academic research libraries and digital library development programs, and was previously the Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation, a not for profit membership organization of research and national libraries.

  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Ingram Industries
  • oXygen XML Editor
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • codeMantra
  • Connotate
  • DPCI
  • Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • LibreDigital
  • Lulu
  • Malloy
  • Mark Logic
  • Media Services Group
  • Quark, Inc.
  • ReadHowYouWant
  • RSuite
  • Safari Books Online
  • Smashwords, Inc.
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Verso Digital

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