Bibliography directly from your book barcode

16 Apr

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain(* )

Researchers, writers and students, this Stiod is for you – as well as for any one else who would need so.

Everybody who had to deliver a work where bibliographic references are need would agree that making them is a bit annoying, time consuming and does not sum up to your work. This idea is a bit far from turning real, but someone has to start it up!

The Stiod shall work if in collaboration with libraries, specially because they usually have all the data in their system. I googled some way of getting all the information from a common ISBN database, but all my trials turned out empty for ISBN of the books I used – so, perhaps we still need some efficient ISBN database that embraces the most of books (if I am not wrong, the numbers themselves tell a lot about books, perhaps there’s a way of decoding it)

Amazon.com has some as well, but only for books they sell.

The thing works as follows:

  1. Scan the bar code of a book
  2. the system localizes the ISBN information of its.
  3. the system generates a .txt file with all the information for a good bibliography entry
  4. the user adds those info to their bibliography manager of preference (BibTeX, Reference Manager etc.)
  5. Work is done.

For old books where the info would be impossible to find, one could simply get a network of users, who create and share their entries. Soon the whole world would cite and have access to a huge bibliographic reference since the first ISBN listed books.

Imagine you with a barcode scanner (or even without it – see alternative below),

EAN-13 bar code of ISBN-13 in compliance with ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(* quoted in The Call of Conscience:Heidegger and Levinas… by Michael J. Hyde)

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2 Responses to “Bibliography directly from your book barcode”

  1. ghostlytalesofterror April 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Not a bad plan. It would certainly make creating scholarly articles and papers easier. Now who can we get to store the database?? By the way, thanks for dropping by to read my blog.

    • notailnorflies April 18, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      I thought mostly of a web search basis (cloud?). But some library or book freak organization would be a good source for that.
      Btw, your blog was a nice reading for me 😉

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