I keep going back to this article “The year of the unique identifier.” I’m kind of blown away by all the possibilities of the dynamic web. In reading more about OpenURL, I came across another article, “The Lure of Linking.” In this article, the author mentioned non-academic uses for the OpenURL Framework, for example, “the real estate industry could define metadata and identifiers for houses, realtors, buyers, sellers, various contracts, and more–creating a whole new set of applications.”
That’s pretty amazing to think about.
But in “The Year of the Unique Identifier,” the author opens the possibility up to all sorts of long-tail niche markets. Using unique IDs, created and amassed by users themselves, and aggregating them in the same way that Open URLs work, could bring so much visibility to otherwise obscure items, businesses, fields of thought, whatever you can think up.
Yes, it kinda blows my mind.