The Catablog http://catalogablog.blogspot.com/ blog posted the following today about the upcoming intention of creating ISBN-like numbers for catalogs and databases:
“The Internet Search Environment Number (ISEN) intends to catalog catalogs and other databases.
You know how the ISBN is assigned to books. Over 1 million books are assigned ISBNs each year. What ISEN plans to do is emulate that system for databases. We would assign over 1 million databases ISEN or Internet Search Environment Numbers once the system is in place in its first year. There may be as many as 5 million in the backlog for cataloging by a social nework of librarians. Life Science databases would be cataloged by life science librarians, law resources by law librarians, etc…
Then we would create a database of databases or search engine only for databases. Your hit list would only be databases instead of PDF files, blog postings and random HTML files. We pull out the databases. The hits you get would be the interface to databases which provides access to upwards of 500 to 650 times the amount of information available on the ‘surface web’ indexed by the major search engines. ISEN reveals the what is called the ‘deep web’.
They have a weblog and mailing list.”