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unAPI for Betterer Links, or Links More Likely to Be in a Browser Near You Real Soon Now
Scholarly Publishing Posted on Friday December 09, @04:17PM
In our last blog entry, we extolled the virtues of COinS-PMH, noting its power to associate metadata with web content and to be a harbinger of information rich references in digital content. COinS-PMH uses solid technology to address a common technical problem, the limitation of current web links and mechanisms for associating additional information with web content. Despite this, COinS-PMH has been somewhat recast in the few weeks since my recounting to be a much more accessible solution for implementation, with the appropriate name of unAPI. The reasons for this have to a lot to do with the trade-off between ideals and what web content providers seem willing to enable. So once more, we return to the murky world of web documents as they exist now and probe whether a more modest step might still lead to a respectable leap for digital content.


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COinS-PMH for Better Links
Scholarly Publishing Posted on Monday November 21, @12:01AM
First there was OpenURL, a technology for linking citations and other types of resources to what can be accessed by a particular user. OpenURL resolvers, like SFX, connect users to content based on a specific affiliation and help realize what are often substantial investments in digital materials for a library's user community. Then there was COinS, which has made a previous appearance in this blog. COinS provides a standard syntax for exposing the metadata that is needed to connect users to content without requiring a particular affiliation. The tools to leverage COinS are emerging, and it has picked up some significant support in recognition of the importance of transportable links. As Mita Sen-Roy pointed out in July, a COinS link is not bound to a particular institution, and this is a key requirement for supporting scholarly collaborations. If Professor A from Institution X sends a copy of an article to Professor B at Institution Y, COinS is the conduit for Professor B to connect to the resources referenced in the article without requiring interaction with Institution X. This alone makes COinS worthy of attention, but COinS has recently been supplemented with additional syntax for expanding what it can offer to online content. This extension is called COinS-PMH and unites COinS with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to bring in metadata support for describing links in ways that go beyond connecting citations to source content. COinS-PMH provides an infrastructure for referenced resources to be augmented with additional information and adds another dimension to what can be published online.


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Next Steps
SFX Posted on Wednesday September 28, @10:07PM
SFX has been in operation within the Ontario Council of University Libraries ( OCUL) for over a year now, and has generally worked well for connecting patrons in campus communities throughout the province with e-content. At our institution, we are grappling with how to move beyond e-journals in SFX to other library materials, particularly government documents, which have a significant representation in digital formats but do not benefit as much from the connections that SFX provides.


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Making Links Not Dead Yet
Odds and Ends Posted on Thursday September 15, @09:24AM
Art Rhyno of the Leddy Library has kindly volunteered to moderate Making Links. Thanks Art!


Implementing COinS in your Get It or SFX menu
SFX Posted on Monday September 12, @01:20PM
Ross Singer of Georgia Tech Library has posted some code that allows COinS to be implemented into an SFX menu. More information about COinS can be found in this previous Making Links post.


CORIL needs you...
Odds and Ends Posted on Thursday September 08, @05:00PM
September is here and instruction librarians are busily preparing classes for the fall. This year many of us will be giving classes on RefWorks and RefShare and it would be great if people could share some of their teaching material for these tools.

To facilitate this process, CORIL (the OCUL cooperative online repository of information literacy learning objects) is seeking librarians willing to share presentations, guides, classroom exercises or tutorials designed to help teach Refworks -- in particular we really need something on RefShare.

Learning objects submitted to CORIL can either enter an open collection directly or be reviewed for inclusion in the peer-reviewed collection. Items are shared using Creative Commons licenses. For more on CORIL and our submission guidelines, visit our site


Making Links needs a moderator
Odds and Ends Posted on Thursday September 08, @11:40AM
Making Links has been around for a year now. During this time, I've been the moderator of this conversation space but I'm going on a year-long leave in a couple weeks. And so, this is call: if you are interested in becoming a moderator of Making Links please let me know by sending me an email at msenroy@uwindsor.ca. Thanks!


SMUG Presentations are now available
SFX Posted on Tuesday August 23, @05:12PM
The presentations of the 2005 North American SFX/Metalib Users Group Meeting are now available online.


RefWorks Summit Powerpoint Presentations
Refworks Posted on Wednesday August 17, @10:38AM
On Monday August 15th, the OSP team hosted a one-day RefWorks Summit in the Gerstein Science Information Centre at The University of Toronto. Three of the day's presentations are available from this page including one that I found particularly of interest: Sian Meikle's Adding a direct export link from your OPAC to RefWorks [ppt].


Understanding the SFX OpenURL Generator
SFX Posted on Wednesday August 17, @10:29AM
Sometime after our institution upgraded to SFX v.3, I tried to create an OpenURL link using our SFX OpenURL Generator to point to a journal that we received in fulltext online but I was unsuccessful. I kept getting a message back that "this item was not available online" which confused me since I knew that the particular title was available and was in our SFX Knowledgebase as such. This post explains why the OpenURL Generator is not at fault and how I eventually got the link I was looking for.


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