Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Autodiscovering OpenURLs

OpenURL defines a URL syntax using the HTTP GET request format that allows users to pass bibliographic information to an OpenURL resolver and retrieve a published article. (See also
this article on OpenURL in scholarly environments).

There have recently been all manner of postings in the blogosphere about COinS (ContextObjects in Spans), which seeks to embed OpenURL data in a <span> statement to support straightforward OpenURL Autodiscovery, such as autodiscovery via a bookmarklet.

I like this idea - almost a lot - but can't help feeling a true microformat approach would offer more potential (similarly for Dublin Core).

Just in passing, this conversation appears to offer a history of COinS, and this early post sought a way of embedding OpenURL info in Dublin Core metadata.


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