[okfn-discuss] British Library data JSON wrangling

Ian Ibbotson ian.ibbotson at k-int.com
Tue Nov 8 10:00:30 UTC 2016

I don't know that this will help, but I think those resources are also
loaded into Jisc historical texts at  https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk --
for example
I think that there is an elasticsearch index underpinning the collections
in JHT -- You don't say what you would like to extract from the data, but
someone at JHT might be able to help? Might be worth dropping a line to the
JHT enquiries address, YMMV tho.


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On 8 November 2016 at 08:41, John Levin <john at technolalia.org> wrote:

> Dear list,
> The British Library has just launched
> https://data.bl.uk/
> with data sets including some 50,000 digitized books from 1510 to 1946.
> Infuriatingly, there isn't a simple manifest of these books. There is an
> enormous (50mb) JSON file
> https://data.bl.uk/digbks/db21.html
> which I've been trying to wrangle with little success.
> What's the best way of getting information out of this blob? ANy help for
> a JSON newbie?
> John
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