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OpenURL Standard Launcched  Peter Suber
 Jun 19, 2003 07:14 PDT 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Pat Harris
NISO
(301) 654-2512
Email: phar-@niso.org
OpenURL Standard Trial Implementation Launched

Bethesda, Md., USA (June 18, 2003) - The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) has released The OpenURL Framework for
Context-Sensitive Services standard (version 1.0) for a trial use period
ending November 1, 2003. The OpenURL standard allows a user who has
retrieved an information resource citation to obtain immediate access to
the most "appropriate" copy of the full resource through the implementation
of extended linking services. The selection of the best source for the full
resource is based on the user's and the organization's preferences related
to location, cost, contractual or license agreements in place with
information suppliers, etc.-all done transparently to the user. The
transparency is accomplished by storing context sensitive metadata with the
"OpenURL" link from the source citation, and linking it to a "resolver"
server where the preference information and links to the source material
are stored.
The initial development of OpenURL was targeted at the electronic delivery
of scholarly journal articles. In version 1.0 of the Standard the framework
is generalized to enable communities beyond the original audience of
scholarly information users to adopt extended linking services and to lower
the entry barrier for new implementers.
An impressive international group of trial users including data providers
constructing OpenURL metadata, providers of OpenURL resolvers, and
libraries providing end user services using OpenURL resolution are testing
the standard. The goal of the trial period is to test the standard's
framework using a variety of data sources and resolver services to ensure
that users can seamlessly receive and process OpenURLs and to solicit
feedback on the proposed standard.
Participating in the trial as data providers are:

CABI Publishing (U.K.)
Edinburgh University Data Library (U.K.)
Informatics India Ltd (India)
Grupo Stela (Brazil).
MIMAS, University of Manchester (U.K.)
MuseGlobal, Inc. (U.S.)
ProQuest Information and Learning (U.S.)
RLG-Eureka (U.S.)


Participating resolver services include:
ArXiv.org (U.S.)
Auto-Graphics, Inc. (U.S.)
Edinburgh University Data Library (U.K.)
Endeavor Information Systems (U.S.), Ex Libris USA, Inc. (U.S.)
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (U.S.)
OhioLINK (U.S.)
Potiron Tecnologia para Bibliotecas (Brazil),
ProQuest Information and Learning (U.S.)
Sirsi Corporation (U.S.)
MuseGlobal, Inc. (U.S.)
Openly Informatics (U.S.)
RLG-Eureka (U.S.)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).

Libraries providing end-user access include: Université Libre de Bruxelles
Libraries (Belgium), RLG-Eureka (U.S.), and The Getty Research Institute
Library (U.S.).
The Standard has been issued in two parts and is available as a free
download at <http://library.caltech.edu/openurl/Public_Comments.htm>. The
activities of the OpenURL standards committee and its trial implementers
can be followed on the committee's website at
<http:// library.caltech.edu/openurl/default.htm> or by subscribing to the
committee's listserv by sending an email message to major-@caltech.edu
with "subscribe openurl" (without quotation marks) in the body of the message.
The trial use period is being coordinated and managed by the California
Digital Library. To sign-on as a trial implementor contact Karen Coyle
(email: karen.-@ucop.edu).

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About NISO:
NISO develops technical standards that enable libraries, publishers,
content providers and their business partners to maximize the value of
their content. All NISO standards are available to the public without
charge from the NISO website. Accredited by the American National Standards
Institute, NISO is a nonprofit organization supported by over seventy
members representing the leadership in the global information
community. NISO Standards, information about NISO's activities, and
membership information are featured on the NISO website
http://www.niso.org/ or call 301-654-2512.
National Information Standards Organization * 4733 Bethesda Ave. *
Bethesda, MD 20814

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National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-5248
Tel: 301-654-2512 Fax: 301-654-1721
nis-@niso.org       www.niso.org

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<font face="Arial, Helvetica"><b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br><br>
Press Contact:<br>
</b>Pat Harris<br>
NISO<br>
(301) 654-2512<br>
Email: phar-@niso.org<br>
<b>OpenURL Standard Trial Implementation Launched<br><br>
Bethesda, Md., USA (June 18, 2003)</b> - The National Information
Standards Organization (NISO) has released<i> The OpenURL Framework for
Context-Sensitive Services</i> standard (version 1.0) for a trial use
period ending November 1, 2003. The OpenURL standard allows a user who
has retrieved an information resource citation to obtain immediate access
to the most "appropriate" copy of the full resource through the
implementation of extended linking services. The selection of the best
source for the full resource is based on the user's and the
organization's preferences related to location, cost, contractual or
license agreements in place with information suppliers, etc.-all done
transparently to the user. The transparency is accomplished by storing
context sensitive metadata with the "OpenURL" link from the
source citation, and linking it to a "resolver" server where
the preference information and links to the source material are
stored.<br>
The initial development of OpenURL was targeted at the electronic
delivery of scholarly journal articles. In version 1.0 of the Standard
the framework is generalized to enable communities beyond the original
audience of scholarly information users to adopt extended linking
services and to lower the entry barrier for new implementers.<br>
An impressive international group of trial users including data providers
constructing OpenURL metadata, providers of OpenURL resolvers, and
libraries providing end user services using OpenURL resolution are
testing the standard. The goal of the trial period is to test the
standard's framework using a variety of data sources and resolver
services to ensure that users can seamlessly receive and process OpenURLs
and to solicit feedback on the proposed standard.<br>
Participating in the trial as data providers are:<br>
 <br>
CABI Publishing (U.K.)<br>
Edinburgh University Data Library (U.K.)<br>
Informatics India Ltd (India)<br>
Grupo Stela (Brazil).<br>
MIMAS, University of Manchester (U.K.)<br>
MuseGlobal, Inc. (U.S.)<br>
ProQuest Information and Learning (U.S.)<br>
RLG-Eureka (U.S.)<br><br>
<br>
 Participating resolver services include:<br>
 ArXiv.org (U.S.)<br>
Auto-Graphics, Inc. (U.S.)<br>
Edinburgh University Data Library (U.K.)<br>
Endeavor Information Systems (U.S.), Ex Libris USA, Inc. (U.S.)<br>
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (U.S.)<br>
OhioLINK (U.S.)<br>
Potiron Tecnologia para Bibliotecas (Brazil),<br>
ProQuest Information and Learning (U.S.)<br>
Sirsi Corporation (U.S.)<br>
MuseGlobal, Inc. (U.S.)<br>
Openly Informatics (U.S.)<br>
RLG-Eureka (U.S.)<br>
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).<br>
 <br>
Libraries providing end-user access include: Université Libre de
Bruxelles Libraries (Belgium), RLG-Eureka (U.S.), and The Getty Research
Institute Library (U.S.).<br>
 The Standard has been issued in two parts and is available as a
free download at
<<a href="http://library.caltech.edu/openurl/Public_Comments.htm" eudora="autourl"><u>http://library.caltech.edu/openurl/Public_Comments.htm</a></u>>.
The activities of the OpenURL standards committee and its trial
implementers can be followed on the committee's website at<br>
<<a href="http:// library.caltech.edu/openurl/default.htm" eudora="autourl"><u>http://
library.caltech.edu/openurl/default.htm</a></u>> or by subscribing to
the committee's listserv by sending an email message to<u>
major-@caltech.edu</u> with "subscribe openurl" (without
quotation marks) in the body of the message.<br>
The trial use period is being coordinated and managed by the California
Digital Library.  To sign-on as a trial implementor contact Karen
Coyle (email: karen.-@ucop.edu).<br><br>
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<b>About NISO:<br>
</b>NISO develops technical standards that enable libraries, publishers,
content providers and their business partners to maximize the value of
their content. All NISO standards are available to the public without
charge from the NISO website. Accredited by the American National
Standards Institute, NISO is a nonprofit organization supported by over
seventy members representing the leadership in the global information
community.  NISO Standards, information about NISO's activities, and
membership information are featured on the NISO website<u>
<a href="http://www.niso.org/" eudora="autourl">http://www.niso.org/</a></u>
or call 301-654-2512.<br>
National Information Standards Organization * 4733 Bethesda Ave. * Bethesda, MD 20814<br><br>
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National Information Standards Organization (NISO)<br>
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300<br>
Bethesda, MD  20814-5248<br>
Tel: 301-654-2512  Fax: 301-654-1721<br>
nis-@niso.org<x-tab>     </x-tab>  <a href="http://www.niso.org/" eudora="autourl">www.niso.org<br>
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