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Automatic Data Feeds
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I create an automatic feed?
You will no longer have to enter book and journal information into our web forms manually; all you have to do is make sure the ONIX files containing your book information updates are sent to us regularly.
In addition, if you opt for the article feed, you'll have better advertising of your journals, since all your abstracts will be available to searches on our site, categorized with their appropriate linguistic subfield and language codes.
What types of feed are there, and what does each do?
There are three kinds of feeds.
Book Feed: an ONIX file containing the publication data about each book is sent and processed. Each book is categorized with their appropriate linguistic subfield and language codes.
Journal TOC feed : an ONIX file containing the Table of Contents of each journal issue is sent to us. Each TOC receives the linguistic subfield and language codes appropriate to the journal as a whole.
Journal Article feed: an ONIX file containing the publication information of each article in each journal issue is sent to us, along with an abstract. Each article is then categorized separately with the linguistic subfield and language codes appropriate to it, and the entry is linked to the abstract. Anyone thus searching for data on a subfield or a particular language will be directed to the appropriate article. Since this requires more labor, this is naturally carries a higher charge.
Can I opt for one feed but not the others?
We offer 3 combinations of feeds: package 1 includes all three feeds; package 2 includes the book and TOC feeds; and package 3 includes the book feed only.
What do I gain by signing a 3-year contract?
If you opt for a 3-year contract, you will be able to spread payment over three years, and in addition we guarantee that there will be no increase in the processing fees for 3 years.
What format do I use for my data? Can I see a sample of this format?
We use the ONIX (ONline Information eXchange) format, which is based on an XML Schema designed for representing book industry product information (http://www.editeur.org/8/ONIX/). Since this is a standard in the publications industry, most publishers already have their information available in ONIX.
If my data is in a standard format, why do I have to pay a setup fee?
ONIX has a very large number of possibilities, and in addition many publishers do not adhere strictly to the ONIX standard. It's been our experience that we always have to do some reprogramming for the files we receive. The setup fee is designed simply to compensate us for the amount of time we spend doing this.
If the data is sent to you automatically, why do I have to continue to pay the annual processing fee?
The data feed allows the data to be entered automatically, but each item still has to be categorized by hand according to its linguistic subfield and the languages it deals with. This is a skilled job, one which can only be accomplished by someone with a thorough knowledge of linguistics.
Why is a yearly maintenance fee required?
All software requires maintenance, no matter how well written. We must perform regular checks to make sure that the feed continues to run as expected despite the inevitable changes in hardware and ancillary software that will occur at your site or ours. Internet protocols and standards like ONIX are also continually evolving; and the software must accommodate to these changes. In addition, when a feed has problems because of incomplete or ill-formed data, programmer time is absorbed in identifying and (where possible) correcting the data.
Are additional links and services available?
Yes, we can also offer:
- A link from our book announcement to the book information on your site
- A 'Buy this book' link to your shopping cart
- A thumbnail image of the book's cover
- Information on book chapters
For information and pricing of these additional features, contact the LINGUIST List publications team: pubs linguistlist.org.