ITAM: OpenURLs at MIMAS
During the ITAM project support for OpenURLs has been implemented in the zetoc service. This has included:
- Enabling zetoc as an OpenURL source. A link from the full record of a journal article or conference paper citation, entitled 'More information', potentially takes a user to further resources about the article including the full text of the article where possible. This link is an OpenURL holding metadata about the discovered article. Currently zetoc OpenURLs are version 0.1. Statistics are generated for access to the zetoc OpenURL source links. There are several scenarios depending on the user's institution:
- The user's institution has an OpenURL resolver registered with zetoc. In this case the user will be linked directly to this resolver. The list of services provided to the user is under the control of their institution, but it should provide a link to the full text of the article where the institution has a valid subscription.
- The user is from another UK HE or FE institution. The user is linked to a default OpenURL resolver, 'MDL LitLink'. In many cases LitLink knows whether the full text of an article is available electronically, but it cannot know whether the user has a valid subscription. Thus users are told 'access cannot be guaranteed, but it is worth a try'.
- It is not possible to show remaining users, including NHS users, a link to LitLink because of licence restrictions. These users are shown a link to COPAC to assist their search for the text of the article. This link, which is also shown to the second catagory of user alongside LitLink, is not an OpenURL but a proprietary link to COPAC.
- zetoc has been enabled as an OpenURL 'Link-To' resolver. This means that it is possible to search zetoc using an OpenURL, currently version 0.1.
Other MIMAS hosted services provide OpenURL support:
- Web of Knowledge can be enabled as an OpenURL source for institutions that have an OpenURL resolver. This option is no longer restricted to Ex Libris SFX resolvers.
- JSTOR provides links to current issues in ProjectMUSE for a small number of titles using OpenURL. These links can be made available to institutions with an OpenURL resolver.
The ITAM project was funded by the
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) for the
UK Higher and Further Education Councils as part of the JISC Services 5/99
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