Thursday, 9 April 2009

Web Hooks for the book trade and the collection sector

Michael Tamblyn, CEO of BookNet Canada
The notion of Web Hooks is beginning to get some traction from various points of my personal web ecology - from the book trade - to the wider publishing - cultural - collections, sector - e.g. libraries - museums, galleries, et al.

Though predominately a book publisher play, this video is also popping up in a few collection sector sites, including in a lovely post by Robin Boast on Museum 3.0, the really useful Museum networking site on Ning, set up by Lynda Kelly and Angelino Russo.

6 Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better
The Michael Tamblyn video speaks to "6 Projects That Could Change Publishing for the Better", In his post Robin speaks of how these ideas are also useful to the collection sector, including museums, libraries, or any institution whose collection can be distributed as a data set.

Sharing Bibliographic data
He is especially taken by the first point - the notion of sharing bibliographic data - see for example some of the work cited by Micheal Tamblyn in the video coming out of

It is from this notion we can start seeing the connecting point to the emerging world of web hooks - of which more in a moment.

In the meantime - for a Thursday, pre Easter moment definitely check out the Tamblyn video - he is a great speaker - I especially like the point he makes that what we want from a phone is a device that makes as look good in the same way holding a book does!

Robin Boast
Robin Boast, who put me on to this piece, is a leading museum practitioner from the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge. He has a great blog, Rescite here.

In a recent post he opens up his own thinking on how Web Hooks can work for the Museum sector.

More on Web Hooks
Robin Boast credits Jeff Lindsay, NASA, as one of the key thinkers and developers of the Web Hooks concept. In the video below, Jeff takes us through his thinking, and his hopes for the model.

Different mindsets - common values
Jeff Lindsay is a software guy - a geek if you will - he speaks in that lovely open thoughtful way when one developer is trying to explain to his peers the genesis of his idea, how he took it for a walk, and how it behaves when he tries to program it.

Listening to a piece of the future emerge
There is an hour of this - so it might be a bit long for some. However, I'd really encourage people to try some of it - especially if you are on the policy or client side of a project.

Why? Because sometimes I think we all need reminding that though a lot of what we are trying to achieve on the web is a partnership between different minds and different voices, there are also some real common values at play - especially those which cluster around openness, collaboration, sharing and intellectual partnerships.

Also, sometimes, and it doesn't happen often, you can watch/hear someone pulling a piece of the future out into the open. I think this is one of those moments.

And even if it isn't, and web hooks fade back into the ether - what does endure is tone and tenor of the encounter.

If you want more of this thinking, plus a great slide show, check out his blog, here

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