OpenURL


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OpenURL

A URL that refers to an article, book or other resource rather than the physical location of the item on the Web. Developed for use in libraries and other repositories of information, the OpenURL contains the address of an OpenURL website combined with the item's identification. The OpenURL website serves as a resolver and finds the physical address of the item. Developed by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), it was turned over to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Dublin, OH (www.oclc.org) in 2006.

SFX was the first and most widely used link resolver software for OpenURL and the name is sometimes used synonymously with OpenURL. Developed by librarians in Belgium under the "Special Effects" project name, SFX was later commercialized by Ex Libris Ltd. (www.exlibris.co.il).

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The OpenURL functions in a somewhat similar manner to a permalink because it retains a permanent identification to a resource no matter where it resides. See permalink.
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A request generates an OpenURL that is sent to SFX.
Configuration options for Open WorldCat include links to local services (OPAC, OpenURL resolver, "Ask a" service) and display preferences (for example, name of library to display in Open WorldCat).
Increasing open access content and OpenURL linking to institutional journal collections puts full-text a click or two away from results.
Moreover, unless a library has already configured the KR for the new LSP and has been using it as its OpenURL resolver--for example, a library using OCLC's WorldCat Knowledge Base and migrating to WMS--it will have to manage a subproject to migrate OpenURL resolvers.
What happens when the metadata in the OpenURL link doesn't exactly match what's in the database of library holdings?
Citation access proves problematic as JSTOR does not provide the opportunity to link using an OpenURL link resolver.
Library users can now access MyiLibrary ebook content through the Ex Libris products, including Primo Central, the SFX OpenURL link resolver, and the MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution.
With the adoption of the OpenURL standard, the information industry has the foundation it needs to improve and extend linking infrastructures in new directions.
Link resolvers, based on the OpenURL syntax and a knowledgebase representing the body of e-resources, emerged to address the complexities of more reliable linking into the full text of articles.
The subject of the public contract is the acquisition of a license for the centralized retrieval of electronic information resources (discovery system), link-based OpenURL server needs to reference the found records available in the EIR and related necessary software licenses, configure services according to client requirements and ensure the availability of the license contract the period (2013-2019).
Will new DOI or OpenURL protocols need to be established for segments of videos in much the same way that they should be for segments of text articles?
Link-resolvers (e.g., Ex Libris's SFX; Serials Solutions' 360 Link) use OpenURL standards to provide a link from a bibliographic citation in an index to the location where the full text of the article is available [4].