The Book Recommendation Service BookLamp.org is Now Live
Last week we reported that BookLamp.org was expected to go live on Tuesday.
Well, it’s now Tuesday AM in the U.S. and the service, the result of an “exploratory project” at the U. of Utah is live.
Direct to BookLamp.org
Our post from last week has background you might want to have before using BookLamp.
One feature we’re having fun with at the moment is the ability to browse titles by their “Story DNA.” You’ll find a link to do this directly below the search box at the top of the homepage. Here are books sorted by titles with a high DNA scores for Communications Technology/Cell Phones/Email and Libraries/Books/Studying. Also, heres’s the entry page for a specific title, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
You can learn the differences between Story DNA and Genre here and Story DNA and BISAC codes here. We couldn’t find an explanation (from the perspective of the developers between Story DNA and LC Classification, LC Subject Headings, or DDC. Many questions are answered in the BookLamp.org FAQ and a site about the Book Genome Project.
See Also: Interview: “Boise-based startup BookLamp looks at books a different way” (via Idaho Statesman)
See Also: BookLamp, a “Pandora Like” Book Recommendation Service Set to Go Live Next Week (INFOdocket, August 11, 2011)
Direct to BookLamp.org
Note: Worth noting that the Book Genome Project uses technology to determine the underlying data required to power BookLamp. Pandora uses humans to get the data they need (Music Genome Project) to power their service. Here’s an incomplete list of Music Genome Project music attributes and some of the terms used to describe pop/rock music.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.