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Opening the box: we’ve exposed the ticTOCs data

Posted by Terry Bucknell on February 11, 2009

We’ve answered the call of developers like the Robot Librarian by providing a simple tab-delimited text file that contains all of the titles, ISSNs and feed URIs. in the ticTOCs directory of TOC feeds. Just go to http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/text.php. We’re still developing more flexible APIs, but this is what we’ve been asked to provide in the interim so that is what we have provided!

What can people do with this? The Robot Librarian says “My catalog is waiting. So is my SFX install. And our list of ejournals. And our subject guides. And lots of pages on our website. And our pre-packaged OPML files to offer students and professors. And a thousand yet-to-be-devised services as well.”  We are keen for people to exploit the data in ticTOCs in these and many other ways.  Anything that connects users to content better is good for readers and good for writers (and therefore good for librarians and good for publishers). We look forward to the day when any journals A-Z service worth its salt uses data extracted from ticTOCs to populate it lists with RSS feed icons/links, or even embedded TOCs for the latest issues.

If you use our text file we will be very please to hear about it!

Terry Bucknell

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7 Responses to “Opening the box: we’ve exposed the ticTOCs data”

  1. tompasley said

    Terry, what would be good in terms of an easy link would be something like:
    http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/?action=displayJournal&issn=0307-4358, where either the print or e-issn would be okay, (provided they exist).

  2. [...] journal TOCs, available at: http://www.tictocs.ac.uk) –  after they were asked, and agreed to ‘open the box‘ on their data – by making it available in a format which is compatible (after a bit of light [...]

  3. Paul S. said

    We’ve used your text file!

  4. [...] journal TOCs, available at: www.tictocs.ac.uk) –  after they were asked, and agreed to ‘open the box‘ on their data – by making it available in a format which is compatible (after a bit of light [...]

  5. [...] an intuitive web interface on the top. In addition, the project team was broad-minded enough to share the source data with the community in order to ensure that journal feeds "osmose" into as many [...]

  6. [...] ISSN, etc.), and find the RSS feed for that journal’s table of contents. They also offer a downloadable list of all the journals in their index, providing title, URL of the RSS feed, and ISSN. This should [...]

  7. [...] journal TOCs, available at: http://www.tictocs.ac.uk) –  after they were asked, and agreed to ‘open the box‘ on their data – by making it available in a format which is compatible (after a bit of [...]

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