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!