[MIMAS logo] ITAM: SFX Trial

One strand of the ITAM project involved trialling an SFX server, which is an OpenURL resolver, in a service environment. This involved the evaluation of an SFX server hosted at MIMAS which includes more than one resolver instance. Objectives were:

The trial used an 'off-the-shelf' solution principally to reduce substantially the development overhead. Ex Libris formally stated their willingness to participate and offered beneficial licensing conditions. As SFX-related technologies potentially have significant implications for service providers and libraries themselves, a full understanding was gained in a 'real' service environment.

An SFX 'Talking Shop' was held at Manchester Computing on 20th June 2002 attended by representatives of UK institutions who were already using SFX, and those who were intending to take part in the ITAM SFX trial.

A second OpenURL 'Talking Shop' was held at Manchester Computing on 24th July 2003 attended by representatives of UK institutions who were already using OpenURL resolvers, those who took part in the ITAM SFX trial, and others involved with OpenURL applications, to share experiences. Status reports were given by several participants describing their experiences with installing and running OpenURL resolvers. This workshop had a wider remit than the previous one, which had been limited to discussion of SFX resolver software.

Evaluation: The Impact of OpenURLs on End Users. Results of the SFX trial work have been independently evaluated by Ken Eason (The Bayswater Institute) and Susan Harker (Loughborough University). [The evaluation report is also available in PDF format for printing.]

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 DNER Programme.

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