Encyclopedia of ML Flaws

Mary L. Newton mlnewton at bardstowncable.net
Sun Jan 22 19:56:01 EST 2006

Scot, although I am not a paid subscriber to Dogeared, I think this would be 
a fascinating and useful project.  Not sure if I would be able to contribute 
images -- I'm still in the learning phase.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scot Kamins" <kamins at dogeared.com>
To: "ML ListServ" <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:58 PM
Subject: Encyclopedia of ML Flaws

> Folks,
> A few years ago (Feb 2002) we discussed the possibility of creating a 
> visual encyclopedia on Dogeared of book flaws. We had a good  discussion 
> on it with many folks participating. The idea would be  that you could see 
> a flaw and know what its name and description is,  or you could look up a 
> term (chipped, cracked, starting, ex-libris,  etc) and find a description 
> and see an example. Folks sent in lists  of terms to be described and many 
> suggestions about what the  encyclopedia would look like.
> Before the project got under way I got too busy to deal with it: I 
> determined that there was enough info available on the Web already  and it 
> wasn't worth the time I had to dedicate to Dogeared.
> I can no longer find visual databases of faults that once were  prevalent 
> on the Internet. I don't know if they disappeared or I just  can't locate 
> them easily. Either way, this may point to an  unfulfilled need.
> 1) Is this a good idea -- is there a need for such a thing?
> 2) Would people commit to sending me images to use? eBay images of  faults 
> on ML books tend to be too low-res for this application. I'd  need two 
> things with each submission: the image and the fault name.
> Comments?
> (By the way, the Archives Project is well underway. It's extremely 
> labor-intensive, and Ron Holl & I have been spending a lot of time on  it. 
> Look for the first two years -- 3/01 through 12/02 -- with a  pretty good 
> searching/browsing interface Real Soon Now. It's the very  labor-intensive 
> nature of preparing the files that has me wanting to  work on a parallel 
> project; you have no idea how boring stripping  HTML code & excess header 
> info can be.)
> Scot Kamins
> ...
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