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Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I did not know you contributed to GCD. Have you look instead at contributing to XOWComics.com? We have a user base that has surpassed 5000 this last month and have a much larger archive of comic related resources. Best of all, the editor tools are _much_ easier to use and the site offers collection management features, all for free.

Might be worth taking a look. It would be great to have to on board as an editor.


Steven G. Willis
Aug. 4th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
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Well, all I am doing on GCD is uploading covers (and sometimes adding series and issues so I can add a cover). I'm not a real indexer, adding story and creator info (altho I did a little bit of that, may years ago).

Anyway, doesn't your data come from GCD anyway?
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Some of the data at XOWComics.com comes from GCD, though not a majority. The data is culled and integrated from many sources, the largest growing being directly from editors.

The tools within the XOWComics.com site are like no other, making it so exceedingly easy to add and manage data, I am certain that is why we have grown so quickly.

It is completely free to use, so the best way to find out is to try it yourself.


Steven G. Willis
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
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Are you serious? Do you really believe that "Some of the data at XOWComics.com comes from GCD, though not a majority"?

No way you got more data in 7 months and 12 days than the GCD gopt in 16 years.

XOWComics is not only using all data distributed by the GCD WITHOUT the proper acknowledgement including in the license. XOWComics even "recycles" GCD's entities IDs.
For example: issue's id 125281 belongs to Action Comics #795 (2002) in both sites:



Are we supposed to believe that is a coincidence?

Steven, XOWComics is allowed to use GCD's data, but XOWComics HAS TO acknowledge that data comes from the GCD.

Andrés Jiménez
GCD Editor
Aug. 13th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Great to see that you read Shad's blog, also. I find it great.

For your questions...

Yes, the majority of entities within the XOWComics.com site are not directly from GCD. Much of the data has been corrected, added to, and/or expanded by editors here. I think if you were to measure on, for instance, a byte by byte basis then there would be a majority of the data from GCD. It all depends on the measuring that is used.

In any case, no other site in the world has a larger collection that XOWComics.com has, as complete a set of editor tools that are the simplest to use by far (try moving, deletions, cloning, etc., all tools that no others have), or allow the indexing of fanzines and comic strips.

IDs between the two sites have intentionally been kept the same. This makes it much easier for users to find data between the two sites to compare and see what differences may exist. This is a very useful feature.

GCD data itself is available under a CCL license. XOWComics.com, like many other sites around the world, use the data to benefit the comic book collecting world. We are very stern here though about maintaining the attribution for the data, and even in the example page you provided the attribution is present.

You can also see, for instance, the attribution on the main Marvel publisher page.

Notice that this attribution can vary. For instance, compare what you just saw to the main Dark Horse/DC publisher page. The latter includes even linking on the page directly to GCD's equivalent page.

Obviously, these vary over time as more work is done in both of the sites.

It is great to have been able to clear this up for you. Let me know obviously if you have any further questions.

And, JIC, we should consider whether this is even an appropriate use of the comments on Shad's blog, as it does not directly pertain to the subject of his blog.


Steven G. Willis
Aug. 14th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
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> And, JIC, we should consider whether this is even an
> appropriate use of the comments on Shad's blog, as it does
> not directly pertain to the subject of his blog.

Go ahead, I'm fine with it!
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