Architect, Linking & Structures
Advanced Technology Group
Herbert Van de Sompel
Digital Library Research & Prototyping
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Eric Van de Velde
Director of Library Information Technology
California Institute of Technology
OpenURL is an enabling technology to provide services pertaining to resources. With OpenURLs, it becomes possible to provide links that are:
- Multi-valued: link a single referenced resource to many services
- Context-sensitive: links that adapt to the “context” in which they are traversed
The extensibility mechanisms of Version 1.0 OpenURL extend the reach of OpenURL beyond the scholarly-information community to any other networked-information community. Implementing communities will have at their disposal a variety of methods to introduce new metadata formats, and new identifier name spaces, appropriate to their specific application domain. As a result, Version 1.0 OpenURL provides a rich information structure for invoking context-sensitive services.
In this session, Herbert Van de Sompel and Tony Hammond will introduce the key concepts of the emerging OpenURL Standard Version 1.0. Eric Van de Velde will discuss the Committee’s plans for a trial of Version 1.0 with selected parties from the scholarly community.