Friday, November 9, 2007

A DNID that can find itself

If you go to and click on "Find pages that refer to this ANS object.", you'll see that the page appears in the Google results.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Wikipedia and Google like DNIDs

As a brief follow-up to yesterday's post, I note that now lists the "Sestertius" Wikipedia article.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I'm not a Spammer (Phew!)

The problem was that the query was bringing up a Wikipedia page that noted that links to may have been entered by a person associated with that domain. If you try that query, you'll see that all is OK. In fact, the DNID concept is beginning to work in that pages with references to that coin are being listed.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Numismatic Bibliomania's E-Sylum discusses DNID's

Following up on a post I made to the American Numismatic Society's email list, the Nov. 4th edition of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society's (NBS) E-Sylum discusses DNIDs. Search for the headline "ANS OPENING UP COLLECTION DATABASE TO WEB LINKS AND SEARCHES".

The NBS is "a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 to support and promote the use and collecting of numismatic literature." It is within communities such as this that the use of DNIDs can lead to the widespread adoption of actionable identifiers.

[Update: direct link from Wayne Homren.]

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The multiple represenations of

The DNID refers to a 6th Century BC Attic Black-Figure Water-Jug in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA). I can find three representations of this object on the internet:

In the MFA itself:
An image in the online CVA:
In the Perseus Vase Catalog:

[Update: I chose the cva image because the db record requires a volatile session id.]

All three are now discoverable by searching for the DNID on Google. Or at least they will be once Google indexes this page. This blog post therefore gives an actionable identity to these combined resources. And I'll throw in the reference to a JSTOR-available article as well:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wikipedia and Google think I'm a Spammer

Here's a potential problem. I added the following DNIDs to these Wikipedia pages: to Half cent coin (United States coin). to Sestertius. to Sestertius. to Sestertius.

Now, Wikiepedia thinks is a source of wiki-spam and Google is following that lead. You can see this at Also, a Google search for lists that wiki spam report pretty high. What's worse, this google search produces no useful results. It used to list this blog post, which mentioned

Probable lesson: don't link DNIDs to original data on Wikipedia or you risk raising the domain's "spammer quotient."

DNID Website

The main website for information about Domain Name Identifiers is