Benoît Larroque (from Feedbooks) recently released a major update for his OPDS validator: The source code is available at https://github.com/zetaben/opds-validator Online validation is available at http://opds-validator.appspot.com/ This is a major step forward for the OPDS ecosystem since this validator not only includes the Relax NG validation that was previously released, but also check various requirements extracted from […]
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OPDS 1.1 introduces key new features like faceted search/browsing & indirect acquisition. Here's the full changelog: support for facets (Spec) support for indirect acquisition (Spec #1, Spec #2 & Spec #3) recommendations for advanced search (Spec) new rel value for recommendations (Spec) new media parameter to identify navigation/acquisition feeds (Spec) updated Relax NG Schema (Spec) For a […]
OPDS is all about links: that's how we define where a user can browse, search and acquire publications. Every publication available in an OPDS catalog is required to have at least one acquisition link with: a rel attribute, which indicates the type of acquisition that a client can expect a type attribute, which indicates the […]
On behalf of the OPDS community, I am thrilled to announce that the draft OPDS 1.1 specification of the BookServer OPDS Catalog is available for review. We are soliciting feedback and comments on this version 1.1 draft. Please submit all critiques or comments to the OPDS mailing list by Monday, 27 June 2011.
With more and more tablets available, OPDS clients and catalogs need to evolve and provide a better looking presentation of their catalogs that can fill a 7" to 10" screen. The current crop of OPDS clients on smartphones rely entirely on a navigation based on a series of links (Navigation Feeds) and publications (Acquisition Feeds). […]
The OPDS 1.1 specification introduces a few key features, but from a user perspective, faceted browsing is the major difference with OPDS 1.0. Facets play a key role in how we navigate on websites with a large set of items to browse, for example: Google Search navigation is now mostly designed using facets All top […]
The next revision for OPDS (1.1) will be released this summer and support new features such as faceted search/browsing and indirect acquisition. If you'd like to participate, join the OPDS mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/openpub Calls are also scheduled and announced on the mailing list on a regular basis. Meeting notes are available on our wiki: 23 […]
Hadrien Gardeur, of Feedbooks, has written an excellent introductory primer to OPDS Catalogs v1.0, available in both English and French. On the Feedbooks site.
In July 2010, The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) released a report [pdf] on recommendations for ebooks in public libraries. The COSLA report endorsed the exploration of BookServer OPDS Catalogs to enhance the discoverability of ebooks held by libraries. The report suggests that coordinated aggregation by search engines would facilitate library patrons finding […]
Overall the changes between OPDS 0.9 and 1.0 are relative minor, and migration of OPDS 0.9 Catalogs to 1.0 should require minimal attention: OPDS Catalogs are now more generic to open the door to other electronic content in the future (audio/video, comics etc.) References to indirect acquisition have been removed. Discussions will continue outside of […]