Finding the original edition using xISBN services

Another question that was asked at the OCLC Web Services Bootcamp at VALA was "Can I find the earliest edition with xID?" The answer is Yes The getEditions response from xISBN has fields for both edition and year published information. Edition information is sometimes missing so the best way to handle finding the earliest edition is to use the year field. There are a couple different ways one might do this. One could use an XSL to sort the nodes ascending by year and then pull out the ISBN or OCLC Number of the first one. Another possibility is to use the SimpleDOM library for PHP to sort the nodes and pull out the ISBN or OCLC Number from the first one. Below is a sample script PHP script which takes the XML output of xISBN sorts by year and then prints the Year and ISBN. I'm using the forementioned SimpleDOM PHP library.

include 'SimpleDOM.php';

$xisbn_request = ',ed';

$xisbn_xml = simpledom_load_file($xisbn_request);
$xisbn_xml->registerXPathNamespace("xid", "");
header('Content-type: text/plain');
foreach ($xisbn_xml->sortedXpath('//xid:isbn' , '@year') as $edition) {
	echo "\n";
	echo 'Year: ' . $edition['year'] . "\n";
	echo 'ISBN: ' . $edition;
	echo "\n";	

There are probably other ways to do this as well using the JSON format but I'm still learning JSON. If someone would like to post an example using JSON I'd appreciate it.

  • Karen Coombs

    Karen Coombs

    Senior Product Analyst