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The basic concept here is identical to that of the Internet Movie Database but instead of being limited to just movies it could include all sorts of media, e.g. music, books, etc. Almost everything ever produced could be fair game. Everything could be nicely cross-referenced.
Types Of Things One
Might Find In the IMDB:
Books, Commencement Addresses, Commercials, Computer and Video Games, Concert Performances (Set Lists), Journals, Magazines, Movies, Music, Music Videos, Newsclippings, Newspapers, Photography, Plays, Radio, Speeches, Sporting Events, Theatrical Performance, Television Programs, Voice Acting, Webcasts...and much more that hasn't even crossed my mind.
I'm actually sort of suprised that Amazon hasn't expanded the IMDB concept to do this already. The IMovieDB could easily be the IMediaDB.
Internet Book Database
Would be encompassed by the Internet Media Database... [dgeiser13, Nov 15 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]
A pretty comprehensive music database. Has the same "interconnectedness" between data that I like about IMDB. [blahginger, Nov 15 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]
MusicDish Genome Project
[egnor, Nov 15 2000, last modified Oct 21 2004]
[Dnice, Oct 04 2004]
Internet Book Database
Would be encompassed by the Internet Media Database... [dgeiser13, Oct 21 2004]
The Internet Book Database
Features Large Book DB and Manage your Books Online [ibookdb, Jun 29 2006]
||Movies are relatively scarce, and (compared to other forms of media) require major collaborative efforts by large teams of people in a variety of roles (actor, writer, director, producer, ...). At the same time, each movie is a unique event, and the actors are visible celebrities. As such, the style of the IMDB is uniquely suited to movies.
||Some numbers: the IMDB, which is considered fairly complete, claims to index 200,000 movie and TV titles (many of which are obscure; the number of well-annotated records is much lower). Each movie has dozens of participants. So: relatively few titles, but lots of depth to each title.
||By comparison, a major university library will often have millions of titles physically present. (The Library of Congress has 17 million titles.) Most books were made by exactly one person. There are rarely "making of" features for books. So: many more titles, less interesting detail for each title.
||The situation is even worse for the other forms of media you mention. How many commercials have ever been produced? How much information can you possibly collect about a single commercial? Who would care if you did?