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